Earlier today, we covered a report from Calciomercato, who explained that Inter Milan have set their sights on Southampton’s Cedric Soares and have already contacted the English club and the defender’s entourage for transfer.

It was also claimed that if the Nerazzurri receive positive signs, then they are ready to close the deal.

Gazzetta dello Sport went slightly differently and said Inter had already moved on to Matteo Darmian.

Another Italian outlet, Sport Mediaset, claims the Serie A side have received ‘positive signals’ for the right-back, while the Premier League outfit are already looking to bring in a replacement and have identified Joakim Maehle of Genk as a target.

Regarding the Portugal international, it’s stated he has a market value of €15m (which seems laughable) and Inter’s plan is to take him initially on loan with the option for redemption after the end of the season.

They want to have their cake and eat it.

Should Cedric leave the Premier League outfit, then the Saints will shift their focus towards the Jupiler Pro League defender.

According to the report, ‘contacts started’ between Southampton and Genk for Maehle, whose is contracted to the Belgian club until 2020.

The 21-year-old has scored once and registered seven assists in all competitions for Genk this season.