Antonio Conte seems determined to make Inter great again, and he has named a shortlist of Real Madrid players that could fit in his lineup with the nerazzurri.
The Italian boss was tempted to join Los Blancos back in November, but negotiations were brought to a halt due to the opinion of some top-caliber players, which refused to work under the former Chelsea tactician. Now, Conte will try to make the most out of Real Madrid's need to offload some players by asking Inter's hierarchy to sign Gareth Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mateo Kovacic and Nacho, according to an article by Catalan-based newspaper Sport.
The Welsh wingman has been linked to practically every team in Europe, but Inter's execs are willing to push for a deal to satisfy Conte's request. The problem with Bale has to do with the massive wage he collects, which has scared some potential suitors. He is surplus to Zidane's requirements, which would make it an easy deal for Inter with the right amount of money on the table.
Bale has been panned by fans and experts due to his lack of commitment and constant injuries.
The second name on Conte's list is that of Lucas Vázquez. While the footballer is a reliable substitute for Zinedine Zidane, the fact that Real Madrid will have Eden Hazard, Vinicius and Brazilian starlet Rodrygo as options down the flanks will have him playing a minimum amount of minutes. While Zidane still wants to have him around, a transfer would not have a massive effect on the team's plans for next season.
Conte's next target is Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian midfielder played two and a half seasons for Inter, before deciding to join Los Blancos, where he never established himself as a starter. He found his best form with Chelsea during the past season, but despite the Blues' wishes, they can't sign Kovacic due to a pending transfer ban, and with Conte being a huge fan of his work, this transfer seems to be the most feasible of the four.
Kovacic played over 100 games with Real Madrid, scoring three goals and handing out 8 assists.
Last, but not least, Conte wants to add some talent to his defense, and Nacho is his primary target. The defender has established himself as Zidane's "wild card", since he has played in every defensive role under the French boss. The arrival of Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy's signing could see him leave the club, especially since he is expected to have a supporting role with the team.
So, there you have it. Real Madrid needs to sell players to fuel even more transfers in, and Inter seems willing to take some off their hands. Will any of these deals take place? Let's wait and see how the Summer Transfer Window unfolds.