Inter are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi on loan.
Inter only have Milan Skriniar and Miranda as guaranteed, centre-back options at present, with Gary Medel signing for Besiktas, Jeison Murillo close to joining Valencia and Andrea Ranocchia injured.
According to Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are not willing to spend lavishly on a reinforcement, prompting them to cool their interest in French youngsters Presnel Kimpembe and Issa Diop.
Consequently, intermediaries would have brought Mangala and Otamendi to the Beneamata’s attention.
The newspapers claim they would be available on loan, with the Frenchman hoping for regular football to regain his place in the France team for next summer’s World Cup.
The Argentine, meanwhile, would be the more difficult deal to conduct, but he is no longer a key part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.