Inter owners Suning have had their resolve to retain the club tested after receiving a huge offer for a full buyout of the club from abroad, Italian media claim.
According to Calcioefinanza.it, the proposal came from an unnamed foreign party, although the suggestions that a bid had been made are thought to have started in New York.
It is reported that the interested buyer is only looking for full control and would not be interested in a minority stake, despite Inter President Steven Zhang looking to maintain his position as majority owner of the club.
The Nerazzurri are continuing to make losses, despite considerable cutbacks and reductions in debts, whilst the loan taken out with Oaktree Capital would see Suning lose complete control of Inter were they unable to repay €290 million loan, plus 12% interest, by May 2024.
Meanwhile, it is also suggested that until Inter secure a new stadium, their revenues will continue to suffer and this could be a driving force behind the bid to force Suning to sell.
On the other hand, Inter remain one of the best-placed teams in Europe and are considered one of the most valuable on the continent, giving Suning a stronger hand in negotiations.