​Antonio Conte has admitted that ​Inter don’t have the necessary funds to sign Christian Eriksen amidst rumours linking him to the Italian side. Inter sit second on the ​Serie A table after 19 fixtures, with only two points separating them and defending champions ​Juventus.

The Nerazzurri still have the Coppa Italia and Europa League to play for too, with the fixture list set to pile up from February onwards.

​Tottenham‘s want-away star, Eriksen, has been linked with a move to the Nerazzurri in the January transfer market, but Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has made it clear to Conte he will have to play the market smartly.

The two clubs are reportedly already in talks over a deal, but Spurs value the Danish midfielder at £17million, which is a significantly higher fee than Inter are hoping to part with.

“There is not much money, the director has been clear,” ​the former Chelsea manager told reporters

“We must be good at finding situations that can bring us benefits. We must find cheap opportunities, otherwise I see it being hard. The ideas are there, if there is the possibility, we will improve. What you can’t get with money you have to get with intelligence and wit.”

Inter beat Cagliari 4-1 in the Coppa Italia round-of-16 victory with a brace from Romelu Lukaku and goals from Borja Valero and Andrea Ranocchia.The Nerazzurri will travel to Lecce over the weekend and will be looking for a win that will take them to the top of the table until Juventus host Parma later.

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