Sky Sports UK maintain Inter have identified Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri as a cheaper alternative to N’Golo Kante of Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to work with Kante again, having brought him to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City.
However, the asking price of at least €50m is proving to be a huge obstacle.
According to the British version of Sky Sports, the Nerazzurri see Ivory Coast international Seri as a potential alternative.
He is owned by Fulham, but spent last season on loan at Galatasaray.
The 29-year-old was purchased from Nice for €30m in the summer of 2018.
Crucially, Seri could also be available on loan with an option to buy, which would keep costs down for Inter.