Inter make Dzeko No.1 target as Torres becomes plan B

Manchester City are holding out for an £18 million deal and the Bosnia striker is keen to keep his options open after attracting interest from La Liga and the Bundesliga
By Fabrizio Romano

Inter have made Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko their top transfer target and have already held initial talks over a summer move.

Goal understands that Inter director Piero Ausilio has spoken with City counterpart Txiki Begiristain about the possibility of a deal after the Italian club identified Dzeko as their primary objective.

The Nerazzurri hope to tie up a deal before the World Cup and are willing to spend between £12 million and £15m, but City are asking for £18m and are in no hurry to sell the Bosnia international.

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Manager Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of the 28-year-old, who has scored 10 Premier League goals this season after proving a very useful rotation option alongside Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.

A move to Inter does appeal to Dzeko, who was a supporter of fierce rivals AC Milan in his youth, but he is keeping his options open.

The forward's contract expires at the end of next season and he has also attracted interest from Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and his former club Wolfsburg.

Ausilio enjoys a good relationship with Dzeko's representatives and also Begiristain, following their dealings over Mario Balotelli in recent years.

Fernando Torres also features prominently in Inter's thoughts and the club are considering the possibility of a season-long loan.

Despite providing a viable, cut-price option, however, Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri is not convinced that Torres would fit into his plans and the Italian club are wary about what they interpret as the Blues' willingness to do a deal.

Real Madrid attacker Alvaro Morata is an alternative option to both Dzeko and Torres but the serious knee injury picked up by Morata's team-mate, Jese, has complicated proceedings.

There is also competition from Arsenal, Juventus and Monaco for the Spain Under-21s international, who has made 16 appearances for Los Blancos this season, with 15 of those off the substitutes' bench.