New owner keen to bring big names to the San Siro.
Inter Milan look set to join the chase with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea for the signing of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this January, CaughtOffside understands.
The Serie A giants are set to enjoy some new-found spending power following Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir’s purchase of the majority of the club, and have been linked with some big-name targets already as the January transfer window approaches.
It is thought that Inter could already be plotting a triple raid on the Premier League for the likes of Daniel Agger, Shinji Kagawa and Edin Dzeko, though they are also keen to take advantage of Benzema’s uncertain situation at the Bernabeu.
The French international striker has become the subject of much Premier League interest in the last few months, with Arsenal and Chelsea hoping to bring him in if Real Madrid sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, as the London pair are keen to sign a new top class addition upfront.
However, despite Benzema possibly being available for as little as £20m, Arsenal and Chelsea may now face a battle to bring him to England as Inter Milan’s new owner is willing to spend big on bringing the highly-rated forward to the San Siro.
With the Italians looking a little short upfront, it is understood that that is the main area they will be looking to strengthen as they look to rebuild themselves as a force in Serie A and Europe again.
Having won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2009/10, Inter have been in a downward spiral ever since and will be hoping to build a side capable of bringing silverware back to the club.
Benzema could be the second high-profile striker to make the move from La Liga to Serie A, with Gonzalo Higuain joining Napoli from Real in the summer as new manager Carlo Ancelotti has looked to rebuild a team that finished second to Barcelona last season.
Although Benzema has been a key player for the club since his arrival from Lyon in 2009, he has become somewhat unpopular with the fans in recent times for a perceived laziness as well as a lower return in terms of goals.
Still, the 25-year-old remains a highly regarded talent and will not be short of suitors if he is sold this January, and he could benefit from a fresh start with a new club.
Inter could pay as much as £45m to sign him this winter, which would help fund Real’s £50m bid for Liverpool star Suarez, and surely leave Arsenal and Chelsea to consider other options.