Inter Milan will switch focus to Manchester City's Edin Dzeko if they fail in move for Chelsea's Fernando Torres
INTER Milan will pursue a summer move for Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko if they fail to make progress with attempts to sign Chelsea forward Fernando Torres.
The Italian giants, currently sitting fifth in Serie A and with only slim hopes of securing Champions League qualification, are set to embark on a rebuilding programme at the end of the season following the recent takeover by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.
With finances tight at the San Siro, Inter will be unable to compete alongside Europe’s wealthy elite in the transfer market.
But with a deal already struck to take Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic to the club this summer, Inter are now attempting to add a proven goalscorer to their squad ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
Torres is understood to be Inter’s first-choice, with the Spaniard’s reputation still high on the continent despite his torturous three years at Stamford Bridge since completing a British record £50m transfer from Liverpool in January 2011.
With two years remaining on his £150,000-a-week Chelsea contract, however, Torres may prove beyond Inter’s reach financially unless he is prepared to take a sizeable drop in wages to end his dismal spell in west London.
Dzeko’s likely availability this summer would make the Bosnian a more realistic option for Inter, with the player entering the final 12 months of his contract at the end of this season.
Dzeko, a £27m signing from Wolfsburg in January 2011, is a long-standing target of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, with Borussia Dortmund also monitoring the player ahead of Robert Lewandowski’s summer move to Bayern Munich.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini ruled out the prospect of selling Dzeko during the January transfer window, but it is understood that the club would not stand in the forward’s way should a suitable offer be made at the end of the season.
Inter are also continuing to show interest in Manchester United’s out-of-favour forward Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez will be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer after failing to impress manager David Moyes this season.