Inter Milan fly to Madrid for talks with Jovic and Ceballos
Inter are considering selling Lautaro Martínez, who Atleti and Spurs are keen on, and taking the Jovic and Ceballos on loan for the new season.
While battling with their city rivals in their attempts to successfully defend the Serie A title, Inter Milan have started hatching plans for next season. The Nerazzurri need to continue selling players to balance their books, and one of the players who could be sacrificed, and follow Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi out of the club is Lautaro Martínez.
Inter must close the next transfer window with liquid assets of 70 million euros and slash the squad salary bill by 15%. It seems that the club aims to reach that objective by offloading the Argentine striker.
Italian daily Il Corriere dello Sport reports that Inter’s director of sport Piero Ausilio jetted out to Madrid this week to ahead both of the Champions League quarter finals taking place in the capital - Real Madrid-Chelsea and Atleti-City, and to meet up with directors from both Spanish clubs.
Atlético are still interested in Lautaro Martínez, who is valued at around 80 million euros - a price which is more accessible for the Premier League clubs who are keen to take him to England - among them, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Inter’s idea is to ensure that the team remains competitive even after selling off more prize pieces of the squad. If they can sell Lautaro, the Italian will invest the money from the sale by bringing in Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, who is valued at 30 million. But of Lautaro stays, they will reinforce the attack by securing a player on loan. One of the forwards they like is Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic. Inter will discuss the Serbian forward’s situation with Madrid this week and also make enquiries about Dani Ceballos, who they see as the ideal cover for Marcelo Brozovic. They hope to secure Ceballos, who has made just 11 appearances for Madrid this season - all coming off the bench, on a one or two-year loan.