The Italy international has not started a single Liga game so far this season and the Nerazzurri are monitoring his situation in the Spanish capital
Inter director general Marco Fassone has admitted the club’s interest in Alessio Cerci but conceded that the Serie A club might not have the requisite funds to sign the out-of-favour Atletico Madrid attacker.
The Italy international only joined the Rojiblancos from Torino during the summer but the 27-year-old has thus far struggled to settle at the Vicente Calderon and has yet to be afforded a single Liga start by coach Diego Simeone.
Consequently, Cerci is being linked with a swift return to Serie A and Fassone has confessed that Inter are monitoring the winger’s situation in the Spanish capital.
“A club like ours must pay attention to free transfer opportunities, or players that are not finding any space in their respective line-ups,” the Nerazzurri director told Corriere dello Sport.
“Cerci’s profile fits our requirements: he’s Italian, he knows Serie A and he’s good.
“But it’s difficult to see him coming within our [economic] parameters. We have not broached the subject with Atletico.”
Indeed, Fassone admitted that Inter are not planning to make any major moves during the winter transfer window – despite the return of former coach Roberto Mancini last month.
“Roberto wants to play three to four games and then, having got a full idea of the squad, update his requirements,” he revealed.
“Our objective is to prepare well for the summer window, when we will move in a significant manner from a economic and technical point of view.
“If a good opportunity presents itself, we will take advantage of it. Otherwise, we will wait.”
Turning his attention to potential departures, Fassone revealed that Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is hoping to tie Mateo Kovacic, Mauro Icardi and Samir Handanovic down to new contracts.
However, Fassone also admitted that the Nerazzurri could easily cash in on the star trio at some point in the future.
“Ausilio has started to meet with their agents and the conditions are in place to extend all three contracts,” he explained.
“We’re optimistic that these boys want to stay here. But I’ve learned that the term ‘unsellable’ cannot be used because there’s the risk of being proven wrong after a short time.
“Holding onto Kovacic and Icardi is possible, even though other clubs have greater ‘appeal’ than us.
“Inter can compensate for that with the opportunities to grow that we can guarantee them.
“We have faith that Icardi, Kovacic and Dono have the desire to stay here for a while.
“If then, a big club arrives that wants them, at a certain point it could be right to appease them.”
For now, though, Fassone is hoping that Mancini can reinvigorate a side that had begun to stagnate under former boss Walter Mazzarri.
“We took the decision to change the coach because it seemed that Mazzarri was no longer transferring his ideas to the boys with the same intensity,” he confessed.
“It was the right moment to take a top coach like Mancini. Our expectation is that Roberto knows how to get the key concepts of football across to the dressing room.
“That will take some time but we hope not too much.”
Inter currently sit 11th in Serie A but are just six points outside the Champions League places.