The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been linked with a dramatic return to San Siro but the Nerazzurri say the Swede is not an economically viable option
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the club’s interest in Mohamed Salah, Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic – but has ruled out a move for the “incompatible” Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Nerazzurri have already spent heavily this summer, with the €40 million acquisition of midfield ace Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco their most significant outlay to date, but the only forward they have brought in is free agent Jonathan Biabiany.
Inter have been linked with Manchester City flop Jovetic, Wolfsburg attacker Perisic and Chelsea winger Salah – and Ausilio admitted that they are targeting the trio.
However, he dismissed recent talk of the Nerazzurri bringing former forward Ibrahimovic back to the San Siro.
“Zlatan is certainly a player who needs no introduction but he’s not economically compatible with Inter’s programmes,” Ausilio told the club’s in-house TV channel.
“I don’t think that he could be a part of our project… [Jovetic, Perisic and Salah] – those are the names.
“As for Salah, we’re waiting to get a better understanding of his situation.
“However, someone has to also go. We must have 25 players and some players that have rejected transfers must understand that other opportunities like these might not present themselves.”
Salah is owned by Chelsea but spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, who feel that they retain the right to hold onto the Egypt international for next season.
The player and his agent disagree, though, and Salah refused to turn up for the start of the Viola’s pre-season programme, prompting the Serie A side to threaten legal action.
Fiorentina have also lashed out at Inter for pursuing the ex-Basel man, claiming that they should already have been relegated for allegedly breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
However, Ausilio is uninterested in the furore, claiming that his sole focus at the moment is on providing coach Roberto Mancini with a squad capable of qualifying for Champions League next season.
“We’re only at the start of the summer but we wanted to give Mancini some new faces with which to work,” he added.
“[Jeison] Murillo, Miranda, [Martin] Montoya, Kondogbia and [Jonathan] Biabiany have all arrived.
“We will still do a little something more in attack. That’s our priority now.
“The players that we’re talking bout have contracts with other clubs. But we hope to do a deal before our Chinese tour.
“But we’re very satisfied overall. We have managed to keep [Samir] Handanovic, [Mateo] Kovacic and [Mauro] Icardi.
“The latter want to play in the Champions League. But I told him that we will play there next year with Inter. It will be more beautiful for him.”