Inter Milan would only be able to afford a move for Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu if they sign Marko Arnautovic.

The Nerazzurri are still looking to bolster two main departments before the end of the summer transfer session.

Club directors Giuseppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio are still trying to poach a new striker as well as a new defender.

But as La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FcInterNews) explains, the two hunts could well be intertwined.

The pink newspaper explains that Inter are still looking to sign Porto striker Mehdi Taremi.

However, the Iranian won’t come cheap, with the Portuguese giants asking for 30 million euros.

So if the Nerazzurri reach an agreement with Porto for the 31-year-old, it would mean spending the bulk of the remaining transfer kit on a new striker.

On the other hand, Bologna veteran Marko Arnautovic is a more affordable option. The 34-year-old would cost less than Taremi.

So if Inter end up signing Arnautovic as their attacking reinforcement, it could allow them to mount a serious challenge for the services of Tomiyasu.

Inter Milan Would Only Be Able To Afford Buying Arsenal Defender Takehiro Tomiyasu If They Sign Marko Arnautovic

The Japan international is a versatile defender who can play as a right-back or at the heart of the defense.

The 25-year-old has some Serie A experience under his belt having played at Bologna between 2019 and 2021.

Tomiyasu has been struggling for playing time in North London. Therefore, Arsenal could be open for a sale, but Inter will have to splash more than 10 million euros.

Moreover, the source adds that Inter recently made new contacts to sign Merih Demiral from Atalanta on loan, but it proved to be a futile attempt.