Inter Milan are getting closer and closer to signing Porto and Iran striker Mehdi Taremi on a free transfer next summer.

This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.

By now, Inter’s interest in signing Taremi is a very badly-kept secret.

The Nerazzurri had considered a move for the Iranian international during the summer transfer window.

But in the end, it was Marko Arnautovic who arrived as a striker instead. The Austrian proved to be a lower-cost piece of business in the position than Taremi.

But far from cooling their interest in Taremi after signing Arnautovic, Inter have only pushed it back,

The Nerazzurri have continued their contacts with Taremi’s representives.

The 31-year-old remains a priority target for Inter in attack.

But the central question regarding Inter’s pursuit of Taremi will concern the timing of a prospective move.

And as things stand, Inter’s strategy remains to sign the Iranian next summer, and not in January.

Inter Edging Towards Signing Mehdi Taremi Next Summer

It is not as though Inter have no major transfer plans for the January transfer window.

Reportedly, the Nerazzurri want to make a deal to sign Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan early next month.

But in attack, the likelihood of Inter bringing in a player remains low.

The Nerazzurri will give Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic the chance to see out the season as their two senior depth options in the striker positions.

The former is out of contract at the end of the season. And in the case of the latter, Inter will see how the Austrian does over the remainder of the season in view of the second year of his contract.

But the Nerazzurri do not plan to sign Taremi next month.

For next summer, though, it’s a different story.

Inter have already offered the Iranian a three-year deal worth around €3.5 million net per season.

And the Nerazzurri are moving forward, inch by inch, to making the transfer happen when Taremi’s contract with Porto expires.