Inter Milan are preparing to make a summer bid for Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, having accepted defeat in the hunt for Chelsea frontman Fernando Torres, according to talkSPORT.
The Italian side, who have just completed a dire campaign in the Serie A, are desperate to strengthen their team ahead of next season, and president Erick Thohir is keen to add much-needed talent and experience to his side, with the Premier League his main target. Inter have already completed the signing of Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, and they are also keen on signing his team-mate Patrice Evra as well as Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.
However, after being interested in signing Torres for months now, it appears that that potential move is now off the cards after Jose Mourinho admitted that he to keep the Spaniard.
Speaking after his side's final Premier League game against Cardiff City, Mourinho admitted that despite Torres lacking a killer instinct, he is a big fan of the 28-year-old due to his work-rate and his overall contribution to the team. Those comments put the nail in the coffin for Torres' potential move away, so Inter are already putting together a new striker wish list, and their attentions have turned to title-winners City.
It was believed that Eden Dzeko would be the main main the Italian giants wanted, but after he made such an impact in the last few weeks of the season, it's thought that Manuel Pellegrini is keen to keep hold of the Bosnian, as he took the starting spot from last summer's signing Negredo.
Due to the swap in fortunes, it is now Negredo being monitored by Inter, and they are keen to enquire about the availability of the Spaniard.
The former-Sevilla man settled to life in England quickly after completing his £20million move, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, but in the final four months of the season, he failed to hit the back of the net once.
It's believed in Italy that if Inter fail in their pursuit for Negredo, they will turn their focus to Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado, who has had a debut season to forget in England.
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