Inter Milan are targeting Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January and are willing to let Joao Mario go the other way to Manchester United according to reports in Italy.
Despite a strong start to the campaign, the Armenian midfielder has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and has been starved of regular first-team minutes.
With Inter looking to strengthen their attacking options, manager Luciano Spalletti was torn between bringing in either Mkhitaryan or Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu.
And now Italian publication Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the Inter boss has chosen the United man as his preferred target.
Furthermore, United’s interest in Portuguese star Mario could prove beneficial towards Inter’s pursuit of Mkhitaryan.
The Serie A team were looking to splash the cash during the summer but were instead restricted by financial fair play.
Spalletti is looking to reinforce his squad as they look to maintain the pressure on Serie A leaders Napoli.
The San Siro side sit third in the league, seven points adrift of Napoli and six behind second-placed Juventus after 19 games.