Roberto Mancini and Piero Ausilio are going all out this summer for a right winger. With Ivan Perisic dominating the competition at Euro 2016 the goal is to find a counterpart for the Croatian that will perform at just as high a level next season. There are some updates in the hunt for Antonio Candreva and Domenico Berardi, as well as a new name that has recently emerged as a possible target for the Nerazzurri.
Let's start with Candreva. Lazio is holding out for an offer of €25m for their winger while current reports indicate that Inter's latest offer for the 29 year old is at €18m. It seems that Inter has already made a deal with Candreva's agent for a four year contract with a €2m a year salary. Despite pressure from Candreva's agent on Lazio president Claudio Lotito to allow his client to depart, there doesn't seem to be any indication that Lotito will budge from his price-tag on Candreva. This might end up very similar to the negotiations with Wolfsburg over Perisic.
Next up is Domenico Berardi. As previously discussed, Berardi rejected a move to Juventus when offered this summer and Ausilio has seen this as a chance to sign the young Italian right from under the nose of the Old Lady. When news of this first broke Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta said that he doubted Berardi would go to Inter, and in response Berardi's agent gently reminded Marotta that his club has no say in where his client will end up and implied that Marotta should stay out of this. Sassuolo's director Giovanni Carnevali spoke to the press and gave some mixed signals. He said that since Berardi rejected Juventus he would likely stay at Sassuolo, then also added that Sassuolo's relationship with Juventus means nothing to the current Berardi situation.
It is believed that Inter plan to offer €25m for the 21 year old, along with a five-year contract for €2.5m a year. Ausilio is waiting to submit an official bid until Berardi returns from vacation and can evaluate the offer. Inter will not move forward with a bid unless the club is sure that Berardi wants to join the Nerazzurri. Inter might have also found a way to help loosen Sassuolo's resolve to keep Berardi. Earlier in the summer there were reports that the Neroverdi were interested in signing Andrea Ranocchia, with Francesco Acerbi coming the other way. Now rumors suggest that Inter could be willing to sell Ranocchia and allow Acerbi to stay with his current club, as long as Sassuolo do not block a Berardi move to Inter (this of course is contingent on Berardi agreeing to join Mancini's side).
Finally there is the new man. In a story that emerged yesterday in the English press but hasn't really picked up much traction in the Italian papers, Inter and AC Milan are both interested in signing Manchester City's Jesus Navas. It seems that Pep Guardiola wants to bring Nolito to England and that would push Navas out of the club. The 30 year old is valued at €20m (according to transfermarkt.com) and with only one year left in his contract he could probably be picked up for a fee considerably less than what Candreva and Berardi will cost.