Inter have been linked with Juan Mata regularly over the last few months but his price tag has been a stumbling block, prompting Tuttosport to suggest that a loan deal may be in the offing.
Mata has been shunned by Jose Mourinho and is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this month in a bid to save his chances of playing in the summer's World Cup.
The Spanish international is likely to attract interest from a wide range of top European clubs with Inter known to be amongst his potential suitors.
Inter's new owner Erick Thohir is planning to make his mark at the club this winter by providing some big-name reinforcements for the Nerazzurri, who have fallen short of the Scudetto pace in Serie A.
But it seems that even Thohir's pockets aren't deep enough to finance a swoop for Mata, even though Mourinho has admitted he is open to the player leaving.
"I want to keep Mata here but my doors and the club's are always open," Mourinho said in a recent interview.
And according to Tuttosport, Inter are hoping to get around the financial obstacle of a permanent move by discussing a loan deal with Chelsea.
However, that deal would still cost Inter and may come with the added clause that the Nerazzurri must agree to sell Fredy Guarin to Chelsea at a reduced rate.
The Colombian star is said to be at the top of Mourinho's shopping list but Inter's valuation has reportedly been too high for a deal to be agreed.
It is possible that a deal could be agreed that saw Guarin sign for Chelsea for around £12m and Mata play out the season at Inter.
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