Inter, for the first time in a very long time, are on course to challenge for a Serie A title, and it’s something they don’t intend to let slip through their fingers.

In order to avoid doing so, they plan on investing in their squad in January, setting aside around €50m for the task.

One of the areas they want to strengthen is the full-back position, specifically down the left, and, as you all know, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is Antonio Conte’s number one choice.

A number of articles have already been written about this interest, as the Spaniard continues to be pushed to one side by Frank Lampard, yet the Premier League club don’t intend on making it easy for him to leave.

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Gazzetta dello Sport stick by their previous claim that Chelsea are asking for €35m if they are to let the 28-year-old leave, which is far too much for Inter.

While contact has been made between the two clubs, the Italian newspaper explain ‘it hasn’t been encouraging’, and Inter are hoping to pull off a ‘less expensive deal’, banking on Alonso pushing for the move to make it all easier.

Compared to the other deals they are looking at (Arturo Vidal, Rodrigo de Paul…), this one will ‘require patience’, which Beppe Marotta will ‘gladly exercise’ in this instance.

This one could go all the way down to the end of the January window at this rate.