Tuesday July 17 2018
Inter push for Vrsaljko

Inter are determined to sign Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, reports suggest, but the structure of the deal is holding things up.

The Nerazzurri are looking to sign a right-back this summer, and the former Sassuolo man impressed for Croatia at the World Cup.

Today’s Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Coach Luciano Spalletti has made it clear to the club that Vrsaljko is the man he wants.

The two clubs agree on a €25m valuation, but the issue is the structure of the transfer.

The Spaniards want a permanent deal or a loan with an obligation to buy, while the Beneamata can only offer a loan with option to buy.

It would effectively be an obligation though, as Inter would offer €6m for the loan and it’s almost inconceivable they’d spend so much without making the deal permanent.

Matteo Darmian and Davide Zappacosta are alternatives, but neither has convinced the Nerazzurri leadership.

Sporting director Piero Ausilio will therefore wait for Vrsaljko, who will be on holiday for the next three weeks after the World Cup, meaning there’s no hurry to have him in Spalletti’s squad.

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