Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata’s agent has confirmed that the first round of transfer talks with Inter Milan went well.
AS Roma were potential suitors for Morata, but Inter have leapfrogged them in the transfer race.
Inter met with the Spaniard’s entourage on Tuesday, and the outcome of the meeting was positive.
“It went well – I can’t add anything else,” said one of Morata’s agents, Beppe Bozzo, on the meeting with Inter (h/t Gianluca Di Marzio).
However, an agreement over the final transfer fee is far from being done, with Atletico steadfast on their €21 million valuation.
Personal terms may not be an issue, with Inter willing to offer €5m per season on a potential four-year deal.
Talks are expected to continue between the two parties to find common ground as Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has chosen Morata as an ideal alternative for Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku was Inter’s priority target before learning that he wanted to join Juventus, causing the Nerazzurri to abandon their pursuit.
The Belgian striker has received a backlash from the fans. A section of Inter’s Ultras released a statement describing Lukaku’s act as a ‘betrayal’.
Inter have lined up Folarin Balogun as a potential alternative if Morata fails to move to the San Siro.
Talks have been initiated with Arsenal for the striker, with Inter planning to table an offer worth €40m.
Atletico are expected to give the green light for Morata’s departure if their valuation is met.
With Joao Felix also seemingly on his way out, Atletico will need to dip their toes in the transfer market for attacking reinforcements.