Inter are hopeful of landing either Giuseppe Rossi from Villarreal or Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Mario Balotelli, according to reports in Italy.
Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola suggested on Wednesday that a deal for his client was moving slowly, with developments probable next week. Inter are thus seeking alternatives to replace the Italian and their plan is focused on Spain.
Il Corriere dello Sport reports the Nerazzurri are prepared to bid up to €20 million for the Italian international from Villarreal. It is said he is the favourite to replace Balotelli and, having spent three years in La Liga, he would be eager to embrace another adventure in Serie A.
Inter are considering offering either David Suazo or Victor Obinna to sweeten the deal for the Spanish outfit to land Rossi, who is eager to return to Italy.
Should that move prove groundless, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Diego Forlan, who won the player of the tournament award at the World Cup, has Rafael Benitez's beacon flashing. Massimo Moratti admitted his penchant for Forlan on Wednesday when he said: "He is really strong and gets better year after year."
Director Marco Branca has an thing for the Uruguayan hitman, but he too will cost around €20m, considered slightly overpriced by the Italians. They would rather spend that on 23-year-old Rossi.