Inter manager Antonio Conte says Alexis Sanchez should remain focused amid talk of a swap involving him and Roma striker Edin Dzeko – but “we’ll be ready to open negotiations” should a deal become possible.
Roma are now eager to get the Bosnian frontman off their books, andInter are said to be the most likely next destination for Dzeko, with Sanchez set to move in the opposite direction toStadio Olimpico.
Conte was quizzed on the transfer talk at his press conference ahead of Inter’s Serie A meeting with Benevento on Saturday, and said a deal is possible, although nothing definite is yet in place and it would be unfair to speculate too much about the futures of Dzeko and Alexis.
He said:“I won’t talk about Edin Dzeko to Inter because he’s a Roma player. If there’s some players unhappy here,we’ll be ready to open negotiations. I’m not asking to sign Dzeko, it’s up to the club. Sanchez is our player, I want him to be focused on the next match”.
Time is running out for an agreement to be finalised with the winter transfer window due to close on Monday at 11pm GMT (6pm ET).
Sky in Italy reports that Giallorossi general directorTiago Pinto has travelled to Milan to discuss terms withInter sporting directorPiero Ausilio, with Dzeko thought to be eager to play under Conte at San Siro. Sanchez, meanwhile, reportedly likes the idea of taking up a new challenge in Rome, having struggled for regular playing time in recent weeks.
The Chilean has not started a Serie A game for the Nerazzurri since a 2-1 loss to Sampdoria on January 6, and although he returned to Conte’s line-up for the 2-1 Coppa Italia victory over Milan on Tuesday, he has largely failed to live up to expectations since joining the club from Manchester United.
Sanchez has only scored six goals in 51 appearances for Inter in total.
Source : goal.com