There are surprise reports Jose Mourinho has offered Inter legend Javier Zanetti a one-year contract at Chelsea.
The Argentine right-back will turn 41 in August and has been at San Siro since 1995, becoming the first buy of patron Massimo Moratti’s reign.
Zanetti has repeatedly said he wishes to remain at Inter for life, even after he hangs up his boots.
However, according to Sky Sport Italia this evening, Mourinho is eager to tempt him into one final playing experience.
Mou won the Treble at Inter with Zanetti as his captain in 2010 and is prepared to offer him a one-year contract at Chelsea from June 2014.
It would also include the option to then become Mourinho’s transfer market strategist after he quits football.
Pupi’s current deal with the Nerazzurri expires in June and he has not yet worked out a renewal, nor decided whether he’ll retire at the end of the season.
He does not seem intent on calling it a day after returning faster than expected from a ruptured Achilles tendon in November, to date the only really serious injury of his career.
However, Zanetti is not part of Walter Mazzarri’s plans and is reportedly ready to discuss the Mourinho offer with President Erick Thohir.