Inter’s hopes of signing Joaquin Correa have been hit by Lazio President Claudio Lotito’s reluctance to deal with the Nerazzurri, following the appointment of Simone Inzaghi as coach this summer.
According to FCInterNews.it, the Aquile chief is still furious about the manner in which Inzaghi walked out on Lazio to replace Antonio Conte at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, arguing that he had given a verbal agreement to remain in the capital.
As a result, Lotito is ready to punish Inter and Inzaghi by increasing his price for Lazio players if the Nerazzurri show an interest, starting with forward Correa.
Inter have been targeting the Argentine to be one of two replacements for Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku, alongside Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, but are unable to meet Lazio’s valuation.
Lotito is unwilling to sell Correa for less than €35 million, but is ready to add a further €10m to the fee before selling to Inter, as relations between the two clubs have soured so much over the summer.
FCInterNews.it describe this as an “Inzaghi tax”, and it has also been applied to wing-back Manuel Lazzarri, making the Italian international unattainable despite strong interest.