Inter Chase of Duvan Zapata Dealt Two Significant Blows

Inter have identified Duvan Zapata as their ideal target to join Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez in their new attack. However, Atalanta are putting up fierce resistance and do not want to sell their linchpin. Moreover, he suffered a knee sprain and will miss at least the first two matches of the season, SportMediaset informs.

According to Alfredo Pedullà, the Bergamaschi have slapped a high price tag on the Colombian striker. They are implicitly suggesting that they will not allow his departure. Inter already agreed to personal terms, but they have a limited budget for a new forward. There has not been much buzz about a possible new offensive purchase by the Orobici. They have been linked only to Lille’s Jonathan Ikoné in the last couple of weeks.

The management will assess the situation alongside Simone Inzaghi in the next couple of days. They will submit to the coach a few alternatives to choose from. Inter plan to spend around €30M on their new signing.

Joaquin Correa is atop the shortlist, but Lazio president Claudio Lotito always drives a hard bargain. Marcus Thuram is on it as well, although Borussia Moenchengladbach would like to keep him. Inter are not particularly keen on Moise Kean at this stage, while Real Madrid want to sell Luka Jovic, and not loan him again. The Nerazzurri are also considering Andrea Belotti. The Torino captain has yet to reach an agreement on his new extension. He could leave Torino if he did not put pen-to-paper before deadline day.