Inter have identified Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic as their priority option to replace Romelu Lukaku should the Belgian be sold to Chelsea.
This according to Italian news outlet La Repubblica, who report that the 21-year-old is being seriously considered by the Nerazzurri, and that he would cost around €60 million based on the asking price of his current club.
The young Serbian’s current deal with La Viola is set to expire at the end of June 2023, and the Tuscans are hoping to extend his deal until the summer of 2025.
However, should Inter seriously pursue the player, contract talks with his current club would come to an abrupt halt and a move to the Nerazzurri would likely become his priority.
La Viola have asked €60 million for the player in the past and would continue with this valuation should Inter move for him, but the Nerazzurri could see this as a valuable reinvestment of some of the proceeds from Lukaku’s sale should they decide the 21-year-old is the ideal replacement for the Belgian.
Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Duvan Zapata is another option being considered as a lower-cost option to Vlahovic, or to arrive alongside the Serbian.
The 30-year-old would cost €40 million and is admired by Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi, but would not be seen as sufficient to replace Lukaku on his own.