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According to Tuttosport (via Football Italia)Inter Milan are planning a summer play for Newcastle United center-back Fabian Schar as the Italian giants look to strengthen their defense in the future.
The Serie A powerhouse is monitoring a number of defenders whose contracts expire in June 2021, and Magpies’ man is among those on their radar.
Inter general manager Beppe Marotta wants to strengthen the club’s defensive department taking into account its finances, and has therefore identified Schar, Nikola Maksimovic of Napoli, Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal, Alissa Madi of Real Betis and Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich as options.
Schar joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruña in July 2018, signing a three-year deal after the Toons activated the £ 3 million release clause in their contract.
Since then, the Swiss international has played 67 games for the St. James Park team, with eight of them in 2020-21.
Schar has the option of an additional year on his existing agreement at SJP, but he could reject the option if Inter arrives.
Antonio Conte’s team will offer the 28-year-old the opportunity to play in the Champions League and compete regularly for the league title and other trophies, and it would be difficult for anyone to turn down such a club if they called.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur teamed up with the Newcastle center-back in March 2019 And they reportedly had it on their radar from their days in Basel.
While the north London duo have moved on, Schar won’t be short of options in the summer once he becomes a free agent given his quality and experience.
Talks were held between Newcastle and Schar’s agent to discuss a new deal over the summer., but no agreement was reached.
Some Italian clubs were reportedly interested in him at the time, and the club was willing to sell it for around £ 11 million.
That didn’t happen and he could strike a deal with a foreign club next month before leaving for nothing next summer.
Inter will surely keep an eye on how things are going, and it could come as a surprise if they decide to stay at Newcastle beyond the end of the season.