Inter Milan will sign midfielder Lazar Samardzic whether or not Giovanni Fabbian accepts a move the other way to Udinese.

This according to today’s print edition of Udine-based newspaper Messaggerio Veneto, via FCInterNews. The Friulian newspaper report that Fabbian is not yet certain on the move as he’s prioritizing playing time, but that Inter will sign Samardzic one way or the other.

Inter have been moving fast in talks to sign Samardzic.

The Nerazzurri have been targeting the German-born Serbian international throughout the summer.

First, he was a player who they had seemingly lined up as an alternative target to Davide Frattesi. However, even after wrapping up a deal to sign Frattesi from Sassuolo, the Nerazzuri have continued to work to sign Samardzic.

And now, Inter already appear to be right on the verge of getting a deal done.

The Gazzetta report that after recent rounds of talks between Inter and Udinese, the transfer is essentially only a matter of time.

Inter have won the race ahead of Lazio, AC Milan, Juventus, and Napoli to sign the former RB Leipzig midfielder.

Inter Will Sign Samardzic Even If Fabbian Doesn’t Join Udinese

Key to Inter securing a deal for Samardzic has been their offer to send young midfielder Fabbian the other way.

The Nerazzurri had put a few players on the table as potential counterparts. But it was Fabbian who convinced Udinese.

The Friulani have granted the Nerazzurri a lower fee in order to land the 20-year-old.

However, Messaggerio Veneto report that Fabbian is not yet certain on making the move.

The 20-year-old wants regular playing time next season. He is not sure whether Udinese are the club where he’ll get it.

All of Lecce, Bologna, Salernitana, Genoa, and Empoli have also shown interest in Fabbian’s signature on loan.

According to Messaggerio Veneto, however, even if Fabbian does say no to the move, Inter will still sign Samardzic.