Inter Milan are dreaming of a surprise return for wingback Joao Cancelo after an injury to Tajon Buchanan this summer – but the idea is dead on arrival.

This according to Sky Sport Italia transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, via FCInterNews. He reports that the Nerazzurri would however consider the move unrealistic due to the costs involved.

Inter are currently reckoning with a serious injury to wingback Buchanan.

The Canadian international underwent surgery today on a fracture to his tibia. This followed a shock injury that he suffered in training yesterday at the Copa America.

Buchanan had been a key part of Inter’s plans for next season as far as wingback depth.

And the 25-year-old will be out for several months at the start of next season as he recovers from surgery.

Therefore, Di Marzio reports, Inter are considering what their next move will be as far as bolstering the squad in wide areas to cover for the lengthy absence of Buchanan.

Inter Dream Of Shock Joao Cancelo Return Following Tajon Buchanan Injury

According to Di Marzio, one consideration that Inter had would be to bring back Manchester City-owned wingback Cancelo.

Cancelo has already played for Inter in the past.

The Portuguese international was on loan with the Nerazzurri during the 2017-18 season from Valencia.

However, Inter failed to sign Cancelo on a permanent basis at the end of that campaign.

Instead, the Portuguese made the move to Inter’s Serie A rivals Juventus.

And then, in the summer of 2019, the Bianconeri sold Cancelo to Manchester City.

Cancelo spent several seasons with the Cityzens, but then fell out with coach Pep Guardiola according to widespread reports.

Then, Cancelo joined Bayern Munich on loan during the second half of the 2022-23 sesaon.

Last season, the 30-year-old played for Barcelona on loan.

It is unclear what the future holds for Cancelo. And Inter perhaps had a brief hope of exploiting this uncertainty to bring the Portuguese back.

But according to Di Marzio, the Nerazzurri deemed this idea to be an unrealistic dream.

The fee and wages would not allow them to bring Cancelo back to the club this summer.