‘Operation Milan’ is splashed on the front page of Sport after Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal and his assistant Ramon Planes met Inter Milan officials on Friday.
The Nerazzurri want to strengthen midfield in January and their top targets are Ivan Rakitić and Arturo Vidal. Both their contracts expire in 2021 and the La Liga winners want to raise cash from their sales.
Rakitić would cost around €30m, but Inter are only willing to negotiate next summer.
The Catalan club are aware Vidal remains Antonio Conte’s priority target and he would be available for €20m next month. Barca’s idea is to sell one of the two so that their midfield is not overcrowded.
Inter don’t have a huge amount to spend in January and they are looking for formulas to reduce the cost of a Vidal signing.
Another report from Sport claims Barcelona representatives asked Inter about Stefano Sensi and Lautaro Martínez.
The midfielder is liked a lot at the Camp Nou and the striker is a firm target to become the long-term successor to Luis Suárez. Abidal and Planes asked Inter about the duo, including the contract situation of the Argentina international.
However, Sport explains anything is possible due to the good relations between the two clubs.
With Inter looking at Barca players, the report states the Spanish champions will at least work to have a ‘preferential option’ for Martínez.