Inter Milan are chasing Schalke 04 midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

The young Croatia international only signed for Schalke in the summer from FC Basel in a £3.5 million deal, but such has been his impact this season that he has attracted the interest of Inter president Massimo Moratti.

Just 19, Rakitic is contracted to Schalke until 2011 and Moratti fancies signing the midfielder before his profile begins to grow across Europe.