Serie A club Inter Milan have raced ahead of Chelsea in the pursuit of PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to Italian publication Gazzetta World.
The report claims that Inter have made huge progress in the talks with the player’s representatives this week and are in the leading position to sign the Argentinean.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has been in talks with the player’s camp and has offered a three-year contract worth more than €3.5 million per season to the 30-year-old.
The Serie A club are ready to offer €4m to PSG for the services of the player who is out of contract in the summer.
Before moving to PSG, Lavezzi spent five seasons with Napoli, and he has previously spoken of his desire to move back to Italy.
Last year, when asked whether he miss Italy in an interview with Gazzetta World, he said: “A lot. I especially miss the football. I am Argentinean and am used to the pressure. We’re used to living our football in intense fashion, even when there is love and hate.
“Naples is a special city, but football is really intense throughout all of Italy. Life is different here [in France]. It isn’t better or worse, but it is different.”
This will come as a huge blow to Chelsea, who have already suffered setbacks in their pursuit of Alexandre Pato and Alex Teixeira.