European champions Inter Milan are to lodge a sensational last ditch bid for Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, according to the Daily Mail.
Fabregas’ future has been widely touted about this summer, with his childhood club Barcelona expected to bring him to Catalonia after the World Cup finished.
However, with Arsene Wenger rejecting any advances made by the Spanish champions, Fabregas pledged his immediate future to the Gunners – although he is thought to still want the move at some point in the near future.
However, with Barca now out of the frame, Rafael Benitez managed Inter are ready to swoop with an offer of £32.5 million – the same amount Arsenal turned down from Barca earlier this month.
After missing out on Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano, who Barca have snapped up instead of Fabregas, Inter are on the look out for a big name holding midfielder and could use Sulley Muntari as bait.
Benitez will also make an offer for Spurs left-back Gareth Bale, as he is expected to have money to spend because Real Madrid are lining up deal for right-back Maicon worth £25 million.
Bale is highly rated in Italy and Benitez was an admirer of the Welshman during his time in charge of Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Wenger has not ruled out bringing in another player before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but admitted it is unlikely to happen.
He said: “It is dead at the moment, but maybe not finished. At the moment I would say, as it is today, it is finished.”