Goal.com Italia reports that Nerazzurri chief Marco Branca has been following the 21-year-old Italian for some time, but Samp president Riccardo Garrone seems unwilling to let him go.
Poli's current deal expires in 2014, and he is earning around €1 million per annum. However, Inter appear keen to determine their interest by pouring €10m into Sampdoria for the youngster.
Branca, though, wants to bring down the cash spend by inserting players as part of the deal. Davide Santon, currently on loan at Cesena, could be used to convince Sampdoria into a transfer for Poli.
Philippe Coutinho is also a player Sampdoria would want, but Inter may be unwilling to offload him.