Inter have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez as the Sardinian club are unwilling to sanction a loan with a view to a permanent deal.

As reported in today’s newspaper edition of Libero, Inter have identified Uruguay international Nandez as a key target to bolster their midfield, but are not in a position to spend a considerable figure to buy him outright.

The Nerazzurri had hoped to secure him on a season-long loan this summer before committing to a permanent transfer next year, with Nandez valued at €30 million.

However, Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini is reluctant to allow such an arrangement and would like to complete a permanent sale this summer.

The Sardinian club are also looking to bring Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan back after a loan spell but cannot afford his fee and wages, so the Nerazzurri may be forced to terminate his contract in order to smoothen a deal for Nandez.

It is a similar scenario in Inter’s hunt for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, with the Gunners ready to sell but unwilling to sign off on an initial loan deal.