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Inter Milan could deny Tottenham Hotspur and Everton two of their transfer targets as TyC Sports reports the Italian champions are considering offering Alexis Sanchez to River Plate in a swap for Julian Alvarez.

The Nerazzurri are keeping close tabs on Alvarez’s prolific form as the Argentine lights up the Primera Division this season. He has scored a staggering 17 goals in 19 games and contributed either a goal or an assist in 12 of his last 13 appearances.

Inter sent scouts to watch Alvarez at Rosario Central on Sunday as he provided an assist in a 2-2 draw. They must have reported back with glowing references, too. Inter are now ready to mix their pursuit of the 21-year-old with plans to offload Sanchez in the January window.

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Simone Inzaghi hasn’t taken to Sanchez since replacing Antonio Conte at the San Siro in June. The Chilean’s frequent muscle injuries have also played a part in his outcast status.

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Inter hope to replace Sanchez with a young, promising option. However, River Plate want at least €20m (£17m) for Alvarez. That figure represents the player’s release clause, and they also want payment in full with no instalments or add-ons.

River Plate know Alvarez is in demand with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus also keen. Therefore they’ll put up a fight before selling one of South America’s brightest prospects.

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Will Inter Milan deny Everton and Tottenham via Sanchez-Alvarez swap?

River Plate accepting Inter Milan’s offer of Sanchez in part-exchange for Alvarez would also see the Nerazzurri deny Everton and Tottenham their transfer targets.

Reports by Calciomercato note Tottenham are also in the race to sign Alvarez from River Plate. The Italian publication also claims his release clause is actually €25m (£21m).

Additionally, Inter Live reports Rafa Benitez wants Sanchez at Everton and could target the Chilean as early as January. The Nerazzurri aren’t against his exit but would demand a fee from the Toffees for the 32-year-old, who has only started one Serie A fixture this season.

Sanchez has also yet to score in the Italian top flight but has provided two assists in seven appearances this season. While Inzaghi has only fielded him three times in the Champions League, each from the bench, Sanchez scored on his last outing against Sheriff Tiraspol.

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