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Inter Milan Reportedly Will Not Chase Rafinha Even If Luka Modric Pursuit Fails

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 16, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15:  Rafinha Alcantara of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors at Camp Nou on August 15, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan reportedly have no interest in signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara as an alternative to Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who is said to be the Nerazzurri's sole focus for a late midfield signing

Luciano Spalletti's side are in a race against the clock to seal Modric's signature before the Serie A transfer window closes on Friday, and Calciomercato.com reported they won't seek Rafinha if their bid for the midfielder fails.

It's reported Inter are also put off by the €40 million (£35.8 million) price tag attached to Rafinha, who spent a successful 2017-18 season on loan at the San Siro but doesn't look likely to return this season.

According to the report, Inter feel their summer transfer window has already been strong and don't see the need to push for Rafinha, 25, a player who wouldn't offer the same injection of quality as Modric, 32.

Inter have welcomed a wealth of new arrivals to the San Siro this summer:

B/R Football @brfootball

Inter Milan might just have had the best transfer window in Serie A 👀 https://t.co/beQ2OXCNcQ

Juventus may have strengthened their grip on the Scudetto even more so with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bleacher Report's Alex McGovern felt Spalletti's side weren't far off with the quality of their signings:

Alex McGovern @AlexMcGovern11

4 ways Inter could line up in 18/19 after signing Keita Baldé. Ronaldo aside, they've won the #SerieA transfer window, maybe Europe's: #FCIM Nainggolan £34m Lautaro Martinez £14m Vrsaljko loan + option to buy Politano, loan to buy Keita Balde, loan + option De Vrij £0 Asamoah £0 https://t.co/qaNfgr89jS

Radja Nainggolan's arrival from rivals AS Roma was a particular coup for the Nerazzurri, while Lautaro Martinez appears to be a steal after he netted in four of the club's seven pre-season outings.

Following Juventus' capture of Ronaldo, the Nerazzurri were linked with their own galactico signing in Modric, but with the player reportedly unwilling to force a move, it seems Real will keep hold of their man.

Real's director of institutional relations, Emiliano Butragueno insisted as much when speaking to Movistar+ (h/t Goal's Chris Burton) recently and said: "There is no issue with Modric. He couldn't be happier to continue playing for Real Madrid."

Italian football expert James Horncastle recently told Off The Ball he believed Inter felt they had a genuine chance of signing Modric, who is contracted at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu until 2020:

Off The Ball @offtheball

Could Modric to Inter Milan still happen before the Serie A and La Liga transfer windows close? @McDonnellDan got the thoughts of @JamesHorncastle! Full Serie A preview: https://t.co/WEz6y5QJTw @BoyleSports For Exclusive Enhanced Odds & Offers, Visit https://t.co/ErWC5jbKdx https://t.co/HWxJ8rcRbn

Rafinha scored in Barcelona's 3-0 friendly win over Boca Juniors in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Wednesday, a performance that could have boosted his standing with manager Ernesto Valverde.

However, with the midfield arrivals of Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal over the summer months, Rafinha's first-team prospects at the Camp Nou still appear fairly slim.

La Liga's transfer window will run until August 31, giving Barcelona more time to reach a conclusion on his future, though it doesn't appear last season's loan side Inter will be the ones to facilitate his departure.

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