Porto star Mehdi Taremi is enduring difficult times in his last months in Portugal but is already looking forward to achieving an objective at Inter Milan.

The 31-year-old has been a transfer target for the Nerazzurri since last summer. But while the Italians couldn’t find an agreement with Porto at the time, they will now sign the striker on a free transfer.

The Iranian already has a pre-agreement in place to join the Serie A leaders next term.

But as Tuttosport (via FcInterNews) explains, Taremi is currently paying the price for his choice.

The Turin-based newspaper highlights how the experienced striker has been starving for playing time recently.

Since returning from the Asian Cup, Taremi only featured for 32 minutes against Arsenal in the Champions League and another 22 minutes in the domestic league against Arouca.

He then found himself on the bench before being left out of the matchday squad on several occasions.

Initially, this was due to an adductor injury. But afterwards, it became a technical choice.

Porto Striker Mehdi Taremi Looking To Become A Protagonist At Inter Milan

In yesterday’s press conference, Porto coach Sergio Conceicao tried his best to deny the story. The Portuguese tactician insisted that he’s still looking to rely on Taremi’s services. He claimed his choice has nothing to do with his decision to leave the club.

However, Tuttosport isn’t buying the manager’s explanation. The source insists that Porto are punishing the striker who rejected the club’s renewal offer in favor of joining Inter.

Nevertheless, the report explains how Taremi has already set a personal objective for next season. The Iran star is eager to carve himself an important role in Simone Inzaghi’s rotation.

In other words, Taremi would like to cement himself as a genuine alternative to Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martinez, unlike Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic who have only been serving as mere backups.