Moving on from the Romelu Lukaku debacle, Inter have decided to put in two separate offers to one young striker and another with experience. On Monday, the Nerazzurri made a 40 million euro offer to Arsenal for Folarin Balogun while later sending a 15 million euro offer to Atletico Madrid for Alvaro Morata.
22-year-old Folarin Balogun is the number one target to help Inter move on from Romelu Lukaku. According to Ciro Venerato of RAI 2’s Domenica Sportiva, there are two options for how the 40 million euro fee can be paid: either a definitive title payable in five installments or a loan with an obligation to buy. The American striker has a five-year contract worth 3.5 million euros per season with Arsenal.
The 40 million could possibly fall short of the Gunners’ demands. As Sky Sports UK reported, Arsenal value their striker at 50 million English pounds (about 58 million euros). This is most likely too high for the Nerazzurri. According to the Standard, Inter should have a counter-offer in mind to convince the Gunners to sell Balogun. They would insert a buy-back clause or offer a percentage of the proceeds from any future resale of the player.
Meanwhile, Inter are also moving towards signing the more experienced Spaniard Alvaro Morata. The Nerazzurri made a decisive move on the Spanish striker by presenting a first official offer of 15 million euros to Atletico Madrid, according to Sportitalia. However, the Colchoneros’ demand is 20 million euros. Also lurking to sign the 30-year-old striker are Juventus and Roma. In fact, Giallorossi representatives met the agents of the former Real Madrid and Juventus star on Monday.
The next step is for a scheduled meeting between Inter representatives and Morata’s agents for Tuesday.