The Spaniard brought Kuyt to Liverpool when he was in charge and intends to kick off his San Siro reign with his signature. With Balotelli poised for a big money exit to Manchester City, Benitez has a void to fill up front.
Kuyt's ability to play on the wings or as a striker was on show in the Netherlands charge to the World Cup 2010 final. Inter had previously targeted a more skilful replacement but Benitez is set to successfully lobby president Massimo Moratti to sanction a bid for the 30-year-old.
Kuyt has previously stated his intention to end his career at Anfield and new boss Roy Hodgson would be reluctant to let him go. Inter will hope Champions League football will sway the ex-Feyenoord man to force through the switch.