Inter failed to agree a deal for unsettled midfielder Fredy Guarin on deadline day, but Real Madrid may be getting ready to pounce.
Fredy Guarin remains at Inter despite the club's best attempts to sell him during the summer, but Italian press reports suggest that Real Madrid are hovering.
The playmaker has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea in the past, but he will start the new campaign at Inter.
Guarin has been unhappy at Inter since the club agreed a deal to send him to Juventus last January only to see it fall through at the last minute.
While Guarin has been welcomed back into the fold, he seems determined to leave and Inter had budgeted for selling him.
As deadline day approached, Spanish side Valencia entered talks with Inter but the two clubs couldn't come to an arrangement.
Valencia were looking for a simple loan deal, while Inter wanted some guarantee of a permanent sale.
Real might be ready to present a bid of £12.5 million, which would meet Guarin's valuation and finally allow him to move on.