Inter may be forced to settle for PSV Eindhoven wing-back Denzel Dumfries and abandon their pursuit of Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez, despite hoping to sign both.

As reported in today’s newspaper edition of Corriere dello Sport, the Nerazzurri’s lengthy negotiations with Cagliari for Nandez had appeared to have made a breakthrough, with President Tommaso Giulini ready to accept a loan with an obligation to buy.

Whilst the two clubs were working on the final details of the upfront payment for Nandez, Inter’s transfer plans have been hit by Chelsea’s approach for striker Romelu Lukaku and it threatens to jeopardise the deal.

Should Lukaku return to his former club, Inter would then need to focus funds and attention on a new striker and financial restraints would see them only be able to afford one wide midfielder.

The Nerazzurri had been aiming to land Nandez and Dumfries, but Lukaku’s sale could force them to focus on the latter only.

Dumfries is considered the more affordable option and would allow Inter greater freedom to find a new striker to fill the gap left by Lukaku.