Inter president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that the club is looking to reach an agreement with Chelsea for Portugal internationals Deco and Ricardo Carvalho.
The pair have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Inter boss Jose Mourinho a known admirer having worked with both players before.
Carvalho endured a frustrating campaign at the Blues last season, while Deco’s first season in the Premier League started brightly but then faded quite dramatically.
Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport: “(Inter coach Jose) Mourinho has asked us for Deco and Carvalho and we are working towards making him happy.
“Our wish is to sign both players and I have seen that the players’ intention is to join us.
“We still haven’t reached an agreement with Chelsea but I think we will do in a short time.
“We are interested in Carvalho primarily for the UEFA Champions League. He has the right experience, he is calm under pressure and brings experience in the defensive line.
“Our coach has guaranteed quality and I have every intention to make him happy.
“Deco will have two tasks: to do well immediately and to help [Brazilian player Philippe] Coutinho mature as a player,” said Moratti.
“Coutinho will arrive next season [from Vasco de Gama] and plays in the same role as Deco.”
Deco joined the Blues from Barcelona last summer but the 32-year-old also suffered injuries, making just 22 league appearances.
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