Roma are trying to convince Patrik Schick to accept a move, while Inter ask the Sampdoria striker to stall until funds can be cleared.
Sky Sport Italia claim the duel for Czech Republic international hitman Schick is hotting up and now genuinely between just two clubs.
It’s reported this evening that Samp have agreed terms with Roma for a loan worth €5m and option to buy taking the whole figure to around €38m.
However, the player continues to prefer Inter, so the Giallorossi are bringing out the big guns to talk him into a Capital switch.
Coach Eusebio Di Francesco and Roma icon Francesco Totti both spoke to Schick on the phone.
At the same time, Inter directors were having dinner with Schick’s representatives and urging them to stall any transfer.
They hope to raise the necessary funds by selling someone before the transfer deadline, most likely Marcelo Brozovic or Cristian Ansaldi.
Meanwhile, Samp are finally ready to sell, having chosen Duvan Zapata from Napoli as Schick’s replacement.