Manchester United provided Inter’s latest pre-season test in Tuesday’s Guiness International Champions Cup clash in the American capital.
The Red Devils dealt the Nerazzurri a 5-3 defeat on penalties after 90 scoreless minutes as Walter Mazzarri’s men failed on spot-kicks after having beaten Real Madrid by the same method.
But the sides’ contest at Fedex Field isn’t the only connection they’ve experienced in the past few days.
Inter have long been linked with a move for United striker Javier Hernandez, who experienced a downturn in fortunes last season at Old Trafford under David Moyes.
The Mexico international’s future remains uncertain with Louis van Gaal at the helm, and reports have claimed of late he is nearing a move to San Siro to reinvigorate his career.
But the Italian press has maintained that offering Fredy Guarin - a target for United back in January - in exchange may be the final piece of the puzzle for Inter to land Hernandez.
With Guarin still an object of contempt for sections of Nerazzurri fans after a failed move to Juventus, it’s been widely claimed he’ll be used as a makeweight for new additions this summer.
Inter president Erick Thohir - who purchased the club from Massimo Moratti last autumn - has now commented on the pair with ties to both his outfit and United.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “Hernandez? We have many options, we’ll see who arrives, hopefully by next month before the market closes we’ll have a stronger team.
“Guarin? I adore him, the most important thing is understanding what type of player he needs to be for Inter. He made some mistakes last season but that is in the past.”
The future of each player well and truly remain up in the air, though Thohir seems to suggest that he’s ready to keep Guarin in Nerazzurro at a push.
As for Hernandez, moving to Inter may be a matter of whether the club feel the need to bring in multiple new faces up front.
Wantaway Southampton hit man Pablo Osvaldo is reportedly set to go on loan to the Beneamata. With Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi already present up front, Mazzarri will need to have requested two strikers for Hernandez to ultimately be brought in.
Should he end up at San Siro Hernandez would link up with former team-mate and Red Devils legend Nemanja Vidic, who joined Inter on a free transfer at the expiration of his United contract.