Inter are determined to beat AC Milan to the signature of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, and have tabled an offer for the Argentina international, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
Club president Massimo Moratti declared on Monday evening that the Nerazzurri are serious in their attempts to sign Tevez, and Inter have now made a loan offer for the striker with the obligation to make his stay at the club permanent at the end of the season for a fee of €25 million plus bonuses.
The 27-year-old is desperate to leave City after falling out with manager Roberto Mancini, and initially appeared to be on his way to Milan after agreeing personal terms with the Rossoneri.
However, Milan have so far been unable to reach an agreement with Manchester City, and Tevez could now be on his way to Inter instead as the 2010 Champions League winners' offer is close to City's asking price for the striker.
Inter's advances have not gone down well with their city rivals, and Milan are believed to be ready to frustrate the Nerazzurri's attempt to sign Argentine youngster Paulo Dybala, currently under contract at Instituto, by joining the race for the 18-year-old's services in an act of retaliation.