Milan Ready to Hijack Inter Interest in Up-and-Coming Serie A Striker

Milan have been handed a sudden opportunity to swoop in and steal Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca despite Inter’s long-standing interest. According to Sky Sport Italia (via MilanZone), the Nerazzurri are having second thoughts over their pursuit of the 23-year-old striker. 

Inter have put their interest in Scamacca on hold as they are currently channeling their efforts on landing Paulo Dybala from Juventus. They are leading candidates to capture the Argentine’s signature, who has decided to cut short his seven-year spell in Turin.

The reigning Serie A champions are also concerned about the financial aspect of the deal. Inter are afraid that signing the Italian striker would require them to sell some of their standout performers to finance the move. 

Scamacca carries a reputation as one of the brightest Italian talents. Following a decent loan spell at Genoa last season, the prodigious striker has maintained his predatory form at Sassuolo this term. He has tallied 13 goals from 28 Serie A appearances this season.

Milan were linked with Scamacca in the past. But they have recently turned to outgoing Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The Belgian marksman is out of contract in the summer, and the Rossoneri are in pole position to secure his services on a free transfer.

However, Milan have reportedly deemed Inter’s withdrawal from the race for Scamacca an opportunity they cannot pass on. The current Serie A table-toppers are in the market for attacking reinforcements as marquee strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud are both well in the autumn of their playing careers. 

Ibrahimovic, 40, has experienced an injury-riddled season, making just 11 league starts to date. Meanwhile, Giroud has been one of the key factors for Milan’s current position in the Serie A standings. Despite soaking up the limelight as Stefano Pioli’s saviour in some high-profile fixtures, the ex-Chelsea man will turn 36 in September.