Inter are seeking an experienced defender on loan in January, with Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Thomas Vermaelen of Barcelona as options.
The Nerazzurri had already wanted a centre-back over the summer, but instead kept hold of Andrea Ranocchia.
Mangala was the main target then too and could well be released after making just one 19-minute appearance for Manchester City in the Premier League and two EFL Cup outings.
According to Tuttosport, the two clubs never really stopped negotiating to keep the possibility of a loan spell alive.
Another alternative for the defence is Vermaelen, who is considered surplus to requirements at Barcelona.
The Belgium international already had a spell on loan at Roma last season, but struggled with pace, injuries and red cards.
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