Serie A giants Inter Milan have ditched their pursuit of Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres and now believe Manchester City marksman Alvaro Negredo could fit the bill as the San Siro's next star striker, while also adding Spurs hitman Roberto Soldado to their summer shopping list.
Inter have been tracking Torres for the best part of six months after watching the Spanish international becoming increasingly frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge, but have been caught cold by Jose Mourinho's admission on the final day of the season that he expects the forward to stay put next season.
Torres would now have to force through a summer switch himself and Inter are not prepared to wait for that to happen, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Negredo and Soldado are now firmly fixed as Nerazzurri chief Erick Thohir's main strike options.
Negredo enjoyed a mixed but ultimately successful debut Premier League campaign with City, shining in the first half of the season but failing to add to a 23-goal haul in all competitions from February onwards.
Inter believe that City boss Manuel Pellegrini may be willing to look elsewhere for fresh forward options this summer and are ready to pounce if he does, while also keeping a close eye on what happens to Soldado at Spurs.
The 28-year-old was signed by Spurs for a whopping £26.5m last summer but has fallen woefully short of expectations built by a fantastic scoring record in La Liga, managing only six Premier League goals in 28 appearances.
Inter are desperate to sign a striker capable of doing damage in Serie A and still believe Soldado can do just that if Spurs decide to cut their losses or a new manager wants instant changes, a situation the San Siro side are monitoring closely as they get ready to embark on a summer spending spree.