Inter Milan have reportedly made an opening offer for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic, but it fell off the mark.

The 34-year-old has suddenly emerged as one of the leading candidates to bolster Simone Inzaghi’s frontline.

The Inter manager recently lost the services of both Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku.

Therefore, his squad currently lacks a genuine Number 9. This is why the club has turned to the veteran Austrian who would fit the bill.

The former West Ham striker is a physically imposing striker with an eye for goal.

He already had a loan spell with the Nerazzurri earlier in his career. But the young man at the time failed to impose himself in a star-studded squad that went on to win the historic treble.

So according to Sport Mediaset via FcInterNews, Inter have made an opening bid for Arnautovic, offering 8 million euros plus the services of Stefano Sensi.

The Italian midfielder has just returned from a loan stint at Monza but it appears that the club has no intention of keeping him at Appiano Gentile.

Nevertheless, the source reveals that Bologna have rebuffed the offer. It appears that club manager Thiago Motta doesn’t fancy the 28-year-old midfielder.

The report adds that Arnautovic is almost untouchable at the Emilian club. So it would require an offer of 15 million euros to tempt the Rossoblu.

The Austrian bomber joined Bologna in 2021 and swiftly cemented himself as the bona fide leader of the squad. His contract runs until 2025.