Inter Milan have reportedly moved ahead in the transfer race for Italian striker Mateo Retegui.
Retegui has become one of the hottest sensations in Europe after scoring in the first two games of his international career with the Italian national team.
The 23-year-old, who has been in prolific scoring form with Argentine outfit Tigre, has courted interest from Europe’s top clubs, including AC Milan, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United.
However, Inter are in a pole position to sign Retegui, who they have identified as a priority target for the summer.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri deputy sporting director Dario Baccin was in contact with the striker’s father and agent, Carlos, during the international break.
The report also adds that Inter have agreed a fee worth around €18 million with Tigre, who are expected to buy Retegui permanently from his parent club Boca Juniors.
Although Boca will retain 50% of a future sale, Tigre can decide where Retegui should be sold and the transfer fee.
It gives the Nerazzurri an edge in their pursuit as they have a great relationship with Tigre following the loan move of Facundo Colidio to the Argentine club last year.
Inter are also exploring the option of including Colidio in the deal.
Retegui has been touted as the ideal strike partner for Lautaro Martinez, with Romelu Lukaku and Joaquin Correa linked with an exit this summer.
The Nerazzurri may target more reinforcements in the summer following a lacklustre season, where they have suffered ten defeats in Serie A.
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