Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has revealed his interest in two Premier League stars, but has admitted that neither deal is close to being official.
The San Siro boss is expected to be busy over the summer in order to bring the glory days back to the club, and he's already dug deep into Inter's pockets by making a several signings so far.
Inter Signings So Far
Inter have already captured; Martin Montoya from FC Barcelona, Geoffrey Kondogbia from AS Monaco, Miranda from Atletico Madrid, Jonathan Biabiany from Parma and Jeison Murillo from Granada.
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However, two of the deals are loan deals and one was a free transfer, meaning Inter have only officially paid for two of the transfer. Therefore, their spending so far this summer totals to just under £34 million.
Mancini has been openly speaking about his plans for the rest of the transfer window. He's admitted that he's in desperate need of a striker because the club only have two on their books as it stands.
Some reports have linked the Serie A side with free agent Didier Drogba, and the Ivorian has admitted that a reunion with Mancini is a possibility if interest is shown by the Italian club.
Drogba and Mancini worked together in Turkey at Galatasaray, but the former-Chelsea man is in talks with an MLS side, thought to be Chicago Fire.
With Drogba possibly out of the picture, it's reported that Wolfsburgs' Ivan Perisic is one of Mancini's top priorities this summer. However, he's also refused to rule out making moves for Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic and Chelsea's Mohamed Salah.
Mancini was trying to be as coy as possible and refused to give too much away about their interest in the Premier League duo. He did admit that if a deal could be agreed, he would be interested in signing them.
Mancini Discusses Plans
“We need at least one striker,” Mancini said according to the Daily Express:“At the moment we only have two. I met [President Erick Thohir] yesterday, we had dinner, but he was in a hurry, we’ll meet again calmly in the coming days.
“Do we want Perisic? Right now he’s a Wolfsburg player, and it’s hard to say what will happen. He’s a quality player who can play in different roles.
“As for Jovetic, I talked about him during the summer of my last season at Manchester City, then they bought him after I’d left. He can play any role across the attack, main striker, second striker and winger in a front-three. Salah can also play multiple roles, as he did in Florence.
“That said, one of them is at City, one of them is half way between Chelsea and Fiorentina. I don’t want to offend anyone.”
Jovetic desperately wants to leave the Etihad Stadium after falling down the pecking order since Wilfried Bony's arrival from Swansea City in January. Salah on the other hand is still keen on leaving Stamford Bridge after failing to make an impact since moving last January.