Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is reportedly still pushing the club to sign Atletico Madrid star Alvaro Morata.

With nine days separating us from the first Serie A kickoff, the Nerazzurri remain short of attacking options.

Inzaghi only has three forwards at his disposal: Club captain Lautaro Martinez, new signing Marcus Thuram and the disappointing Joaquin Correa.

The Beneamata management identified Folarin Balogun as the right profile for the role. However, they’re struggling to meet Arsenal’s asking price, as Il Corriere dello Sport explains (via FcInterNews).

The source reveals how the Gunners have rejected an offer from Monaco worth 40 million euros for the USMNT striker.

But in the meantime, Inzaghi is still urging the club to pursue former Juventus and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

Even though the 30-year-old isn’t one for the future, the former Lazio manager sees him as a competent profile who can plug the gap upfront.

Inter Milan Manager Simone Inzaghi Is Still Hoping To Bring In Alvaro Morata

However, the Inter management doesn’t share the head coach’s view, mainly for financial reasons.

As the report explains, Morata would expect a four-year contract that sees him collecting 5 million euros per year.

The Nerazzurri hierarchy considers it a hefty sum, especially as they can’t rely on the Growth Decree to save on his gross wages.

That’s because this decree is only applicable to players who have been abroad for at least two years, whereas Morata left Juventus only a year ago.

The source also mentions Porto’s Mehdi Taremi as another option. However, the Portuguese giants are reportedly unwilling to lower their asking price of 30 million euros.