Inter Milan were keen to sign Borussia Dortmund man Mario Gotze this summer before switching targets to Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.
Manchester United flop Sanchez finally ended his nightmare spell at Old Trafford last week, completing a loan move to Inter after months of speculation.
In doing so, he became the second United forward to move to the San Siro this summer, with Romelu Lukaku heading to the Serie A club before him on a permanent basis.
However, Sanchez may not have made the move at all if Inter had managed to get another target, claims Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Calciomercato).
According to the Milanese paper, Inter made an enquiry to Dortmund over Gotze’s availability, with the attacking midfielder’s contract entering its final year.
There was no official bid, but the interest was strong, and the links could continue given that 27-year-old Gotze – who scored the winning goal for Germany at the 2014 World Cup – will be free to negotiate with non-German clubs in January, and could be signed for nothing next summer.
Gotze had been linked with Arsenal as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey this summer, but the Gunners opted to sign Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid instead, while he remains a favourite of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who gave him his senior debut at Dortmund in 2009.