Inter Milan are still hoping to complete the signing of Canadian international winger Tajon Buchanan from Club Brugge next week.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Inter are now going full speed ahead in their pursuit of Buchanan.
The 24-year-old is the player who the Nerazzurri have decided on as their priority target on the left flank.
Buchanan has been on Inter’s radar in the past. They club have considered the versatile Canadian international has having an ideal profile to adapt to the right-wingback role in their 3-5-2 shape.
But injury issues in Inter’s squad have caused the club to push their pursuit of Buchanan forward.
The fact that Juan Cuadrado will be out for a few months whilst he undergoes surgery means that Inter have just Denzel Dumfries and Matteo Darmian fit as right-wingback options at the moment.
The former has had fitness issues of his own this season. Dumfries is currently out with a muscle injury.
And Darmian is also important depth in the centre-back position.
Therefore, Inter will make a signing in January for the right flank.
Inter Aiming To Sign Tajon Buchanan Next Week
Rather than going for a stopgap solution, the Nerazzurri will simply push forward their move for Buchanan.
Inter have already begun talks, and negotiations with Brugge are ongoing.
The two clubs have yet to arrive at a fee for Buchanan.
Inter, the Corriere report, are hoping that Brugge come down to around €8 million in their demands. At that fee, the Nerazzurri would be ready to seal the deal.
Brugge, on the other hand, are still asking for €10 million.
Inter believe that the fact that Buchanan has made clear that he wants the move, and is currently out of the Brugge squad as a result of uncertainty around his future, will expedite things.
The Belgians will certainly want to sort out the transfer sooner rather than later. Otherwise it could hang over the team as a dark cloud.
So Inter believe that things can be wrapped up early in January.