Inter Milan will make an offer to loan Gianluca Scamacca with a purchase obligation which West Ham are happy to accept.

This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, who report that this transfer formula is ideal for the Hammers.

This is due to how the 24-year-old’s transfer fee is amortized in the East London club’s balance sheet.

Inter are moving fast in negotiations with West Ham for Scamacca. The Nerazzurri have already made an initial offer, which the Premier League club turned down.

However, the two clubs are not miles apart by any means. There is a sense that they can wrap up the negotiations within the coming days.

Inter have already bid around €25 million, with the inclusion of all ad-ons.

According to the report, the Hammers are willing to accept a fee of around €30 million including add-ons. A fee Inter can afford.

However, Tuttosport report, Inter are not just going to use add-ons to reach West Ham’s valuation. The formula of a loan containing a mandatory purchase option could also be key to unlocking the negotiations.

Why Inter Milan Are Offering Loan With Purchase Option For Scamacca

In recent seasons, Inter have frequently signed players using the formula of an initial loan. Sometimes with a loan fee involved but with a subsequent mandatory purchase obligation.

This is not an uncommon practice among cash-strapped Serie A clubs.

For the buying club, the intention is fairly obvious. An initial loan deal and then a payment of the transfer fee at a later stage, allows the payment to be spread out compared to a straight cash fee.

But, according to Tuttosport, the reason for the formula this time around could have as much to do with the selling club.

Inter had reportedly been ready to offer a straight cash fee to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. And, theoretically, this money would be on hand to spend on a different striker in any event.

But for West Ham, the timing of the payment could be crucial to not recording a capital loss.

The Hammers would be happy to receive the bulk of the fee next summer, when they’ve amortized Scamacca for less in their balance sheet.