Inter line up Alonso alternative

Inter Milan
Matteo Darmian

Inter Milan will reportedly move for Parma’s Matteo Darmian in January if Chelsea refuse to budge on their valuation of Marcos Alonso.

Antonio Conte has made signing a left-back a priority for January as he looks to ensure Inter are capable of keeping the pressure on Juventus.

It’s understood that Conte is looking to reunite with Alonso, who he signed from Fiorentina during his time in charge of Chelsea.

The Italian boss turned Alonso into a wing-back and he played a key role in helping the Blues win the Premier League in 2016-17.

However, he has fallen down the pecking order since Conte’s departure and it’s understood that Frank Lampard is willing to listen to offers in the region of 35million euros.

Inter are willing to match that price, which would also come with an outlay of five million euros per year in wages, but they are assessing other options.

Darmian has emerged as the back-up option after recently returning to Italy with Parma following an unsuccessful spell with Manchester United.

The 30-year-old is primarily a right-back but has also been deployed on the other side of defence and would offer Conte some versatility for a much cheaper fee.

He penned a four-year contract at Parma and, with three-and-a-half years still to run, that could prove to be a stumbling block.

The report states that Darmian was being considered for a summer 2020 bid but, as patience starts to wear thin with Chelsea, the process could be brought forward six months.