Legendary former Nerazzurri striker Alessandro Altobelli backs Marko Arnautovic as a “safe option” for Inter Milan in the striker position.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, the former striker contrasted Arnautovic with other options who would be less certain and need time to settle in to life in Serie A.

In recent days, Arnautovic has emerged near the top of Inter’s list of striker targets.

Whilst the Nerazurri have contemplated a number of possibilities, the Austrian appears to be a convenient option.

Arnautovic would fit the profile that Inter coach Simone Inzaghi wants – a strong, physical out-and-out centre-forward.

And compared to other options on the market, the 34-year-old would not likely be too costly.

In the view of Altobelli, Arnautovic’s proven goalscoring in Serie A and reliable profile make him an understandable pick for Inter at this stage.

Altobelli Backs Arnautovic At Inter Milan

Altobelli noted that “Arnautovic was already at Inter thirteen years ago. Even if it’s been a long time since then, that can help him integrate.”

“So yeah, that can definitely a be a factor that the Inter directors consider.”

“At this point, I think we’re looking for a player who knows the league, and Arnautovic does,” the former striker continued.

“Of course, playing for Bologna is different from playing for Inter,” he added.

“There aren’t a lot of strikers with his numbers available,” Altobelli said of Arnautovic said.

“For me, Arna is a good player. But he’s also the safe option when you consider what happened with the other strikers who had been at the club.”

“Dzeko received a  big offer from Turkey and Lukaku isn’t even worth talking about,” Altobelli suggested. “He mocked the entire fanbase, indeed all of Italian football. There are better ways to achieve one’s goals.”

Regarding going after Arnautovic, Altobelli noted that “Apart from the financial side, we need a solid player.”

“Players like Balogun and Taremi would have needed time to adjust to the new environment,” he suggested.