Inter Milan ‘want THREE Chelsea fringe players in January’ as Antonio Conte eyes a reunion with Marcos Alonso, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri… but N’Golo Kante is an ‘impossible target’ for Serie A giants
- Inter Milan’s CEO Beppe Marotta said he wants to sign at least two new players
- Antonio Conte is eyeing up Marcos Alonso, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri
- However, Ngolo Kante is reported to be an ‘impossible target’ for the Serie A side
Inter Milan’s CEO Beppe Marotta has expressed his desire to sign at least two new players during the January transfer window.
The club are determined to sign a new striker and a full-back, but have declared N’Golo Kante as an ‘impossible target’ as they look to reinforce their squad.
Antonio Conte is looking to reunite with Marcos Alonso, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri
Giroud has been a long-term target for Inter and it is believed the France striker tried to push through a move to the San Siro in January after a frustrating first half of the season with Lampard’s side.
According to Football Italia, Conte is keen to sign Giroud as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku who is currently out injured.
The Italian boss seems to have little confidence in Andrea Pinamonti as the former Genoa striker has been benched for their last two games against Parma and Real Madrid.
Inter Milan’s CEO Beppe Marotta said he wants to sign at least two new players in January
Giroud has been a long-term target for Inter and could be a back-up for Romelu Lukaku
Alonso has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as he looks to gain more pitch time after enduring a stop-start season under Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea left back previously played in Serie A and his father has hinted at his son’s return to the Italian league.
He said: ‘He always talks about his legendary three years in Florence, says that Serie A is a beautiful championship and continues to be very close to Italy because he has many friends there. He has a very good memory.’
Alonso’s contract at Chelsea expires in 2023, but Conte will look to reunite with the defender in January instead.
Alonso has been linked with a move away from Chelsea as he looks to gain more pitch time
Emerson previously fuelled speculation of a return to Italy claiming he was ‘very happy’ there
Inter are also hopeful of signing Chelsea counterpart, Emerson in the January transfer window.
During the summer Emerson fuelled speculation that he might return to the Italian top flight, saying he was ‘very happy’ there.
He even claimed it was ‘easier’ to be managed by an Italian coach – having been under the Conte’s tutelage for the first six months of his Chelsea career and then Maurizio Sarri.
He told Sky Sport Italia in May: ‘I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy.
‘A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I’m in no rush to go anywhere. It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.’
Arek Milik is also on the Nerazzurri’s radar as he declared his intention to leave Napoli in January – six months before the end of his contract.
According to Tuttosport, Inter may include Matias Vecino, Radja Nainggolan or Chirstian Eriksen as part of the deal.