Inter are pushing hard for OGC Nice creative midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, as Sofiane Feghouli is too expensive.
The Nerazzurri had considered Valencia man Feghouli the first choice summer reinforcement, but his wage demands and commission wanted by agents have sent the cost of this operation rocketing.
Tuttosport therefore claim that the Serie A leaders are turning to Nice star Ben Arfa.
There is competition from Milan, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund for the 28-year-old who has rediscovered his form after a dire spell at Newcastle United.
It is this gratitude to Nice that will likely prevent Ben Arfa making the move in January, but next season is a different matter.