Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that I Nerazzurri will sell misfit Christian Eriksen in January 'without the slightest bit of controversy', should the Danish star decide to leave San Siro.
The 28-year-old joined Antonio Conte's side last January in an opportunistic move from the Serie A giants, but the €20m man has failed to settle into his coach's rigid system.
The attacking midfielder's relationship with his boss has also been brought into question, and rumours surrounding his future have continued to swirl.
And Nerazzurri sporting director Marotta addressed these whispers ahead of Inter's clash with high-flying Sassuolo on Saturday afternoon, and he admitted that they are prepared to sell Eriksen in January should he 'ask to be sold'.
“The important term is ‘functional.’ Football is full of these situations, where players are signed who are then not functional to the tactical system or team he is placed into," Marotta explained.
“We signed Eriksen in January for €20m and an excellent bargain on the transfer market, a great opportunity, but naturally the coach has to make his evaluations and has the right to choose his line-up.
“If we reach January and the player does not play regularly, so asks to be sold, we will deal with the situation and do so without the slightest bit of controversy.
“Naturally, we always try to improve and make the most of opportunities on the transfer market, but the problem is finding players who fit the team and genuinely would improve us. This was an operation on the transfer market that was positive, but simply not fully functional to the technical and tactical vision.”
This latest development could spark a bidding war among some of Europe's elite teams, with Premier League outfit Arsenal already linked with a shock cut-price move for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur star this winter.
Eriksen's transfer to Inter appeared set up for failure from the off, given his new coach does not play a system which includes his usual attacking midfield position. He has yet to complete a full 90 minutes under Conte this season, and was left on the bench in their last two matches against Atalanta and Torino.