Inter Milan had reportedly launched an onslaught for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic last summer before turning their attention to Davide Frattesi.

The Nerazzurri bolstered their departments with a host of arrivals. This included the former Sassuolo midfielder who joined on loan with an obligation to buy.

But according to Sky Sport via FcInter1908, the Italian giants could have ended up signing the Serbian who plied his trade at Lazio between 2015 and 2023.

The 28-year-old had one year left on his contract with the Biancocelesti. As the source explains, both Inter and Juventus tried to sign him.

The report insists that Milinkovic-Savic wasn’t a mere idea for the Beneamata but a transfer target that the club made serious attempts to sign. He remains a favorite of Inter coach Simone Inzaghi who coached him during his time in the Italian capital.

Nevertheless, the hefty valuation of Lazio president Claudio Lotito warded off the Nerazzurri. As the source tells it, the Biancocelesti patron was asking for at least 40 million euros to part ways with his star midfielder.

Eventually, he managed to collect this figure when Al-Nassr lunged forward. The Saudi Pro League club lured the Serbia international towards the Middle East with a lucrative proposal.

Inter Milan Were Serious About Signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Before Turning To Davide Frattesi

For their part, Inter weren’t willing to splash such a figure on a player whose contract was set to expire in a year.

In the end, they resorted to Frattesi and managed to secure a deal with Sassuolo worth 33 million euros.

The 24-year-old is gradually establishing himself as an important rotation option at Inzaghi’s court.

He’ll be hoping to overcome his current injury and make his return to the pitch against Bologna this weekend.