Inter Milan will swoop for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen if they are unable to sign Nemanja Vidic, according to Italian sources cited by The Daily Express.
The Serie A giants have been linked with a move for Serbian international for a little while now, with some even speculating that he had already agreed to move to the San Siro.
However, the aforementioned reports from the British newspaper suggest that the Manchester United captain - who recently announced his intention to depart Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season - could be attracting further interest from elsewhere.
A failure to land the Manchester United skipper could lead Inter to turn their attention towards Vermaelen it seems, a player who has found himself on the fringes of the Arsenal first-team for some time now.
While the Belgian international remains Arsenal's captain, long-serving boss Arsene Wenger appears to have settled on a first-choice back four comprising of Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna - leaving Vermaelen as a frustrated onlooker for the majority of the season.
The former Ajax star - who was linked with an £8 million move to Inter during the recent January transfer window - has made just seven appearances in the Premier League during the 2013/14 campaign to date and recent rumours have suggested that he has made his desire to leave Arsenal during the summer clear to Wenger.