Inter are keen to sign Francesco Acerbi on a permanent basis from Lazio at the end of the season, but not for the €4 million purchase option in his loan deal from Lazio.

This according to Italian news outlet La Repubblica, via FCInter1908, who report that the 34-year-old has fully convinced the Nerazzurri directors to try and make his signing permanent, but that they will have to negotiate with the Biancocelesti.

If Acerbi had not fully convinced the Nerazzurri of his value when he was signed on loan on the final day of the summer transfer window, the former Sassuolo defender’s performances throughout the season so far have fully changed their minds.

Now, the Nerazzurri are strongly inclined towards trying to keep the 34-year-old on past the end of his loan spell.

This is especially the case given that the likes of Danilo D’Ambrosio, Stefan de Vrij, and Milan Skriniar could all possibly leave at the end of their current contracts in June.

Inter do not have any intention of paying the entire €4 million fee stipulated in Acerbi’s loan deal with Lazio to purchase the player permanently.

Accordingly, La Repubblica reports, the Nerazzurri are in talks with the Biancocelesti to try and negotiate a lower fee to sign Acerbi in the summer.