Inter president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that his club is in talks to buy Lazio midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

“We’ve met with Lazio’s directors and we’ll be seeing them again soon,” Moratti was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“There’s no hurry. We have until the end of the month to complete the operation. We certainly don’t want to drag anyone away by the neck,” he said.

The reports come after the player’s agent had denied his client would be going anywhere until the summer.

The Serbia and Montenegro international’s current contract expires in June and the cash-strapped Serie A side would rather sel to recoup some of their investment rather than see Stankovich leave on a free transfer in the summer.

However, any move is complicated by an allegation that Stankovich has already agreed to join Juventus. Last month the player angered Juventus’s director general Luciano Moggi when he announced that he had chosen Inter. Moggi claims that Stankovic had already signed a contract with Serie A champions Juve.

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