Inter Milan could decide to keep hold of midfielder Stefano Sensi if they fail to sign Lazar Samardzic from Udinese.

This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri would consider the 28-year-old as a backup plan to signing Samardzic as they aim to add one more midfielder to their squad.

Whilst Samardzic’s move to Inter is not quite dead in the water, it is not far from it.

Unless the situation between the Nerazzurri and the player’s entourage reverses course, the move will not go ahead.

This leaves Inter needing to consider other solutions in midfield.

Numerically speaking, the Nerazzurri will not want to head into next season with just five senior midfielders available. With Roberto Gaglardini gone, the midfield depth doesn’t look sufficient for the long season ahead.

Inter Could Turn To Sensi If Samardzic Deal Falls Through For Good

The Nerazzurri are now thinking about alternative plans to signing Samardzic.

And one serious possibility, Sky reports, would be for the club to simply keep hold of a player they already have.

Former Sassuolo midfielder Sensi is currently under contract with Inter until the end of next June. The ex-Sassuolo midfielder returned to the Nerazzurri at the end of last season after a loan spell with Monza.

The Brianzoli declined to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent basis.

This has left Inter looking for solutions to Sensi’s future.

Three Serie A clubs have shown an interest in the form of Bologna, Salernitana, and Genoa according to reports.

But with Samardzic increasingly looking to be out of the picture, a stay at Inter could be a concrete option, reports Sky.

Previously, all signs pointed to Inter trying to offload Sensi this summer.

Even with the Italian international’s undeniable talent, on show throughout an outstanding preaseason, the sense is that Inter, and particularly coach Simone Inzaghi, do not trust Sensi due to his persistent injury and fitness issues.

But given the circumstances, Sky anticipate, Inter could have a change of heart and keep Sensi on for next season.