Massimo Moratti insists Inter’s interest in Carlos Tevez is for the potential the move may represent, not for the opportunity to rile neighbours Milan.
The Rossoneri were thought in December to be in prime contention to secure the want-away Argentine striker’s services from Manchester City.
However, where Adriano Galliani has already held discussions with the player and his agent and reportedly come to an agreement, Inter’s Marco Branca has equally achieved the same with officials at the English club.
Outside his offices in Milan today, President Moratti was quizzed by journalists about the club’s motives for disrupting the plans of their San Siro rivals.
“Tevez? If we do something it is not in jest but because we think it will be a good move,” he made clear.
“We received information on how things stood and that there was room to act, we’ll see if we can do it or not.
“There are still 20 days left. Am I optimistic about a deal for Tevez? It’s not a matter of being optimistic, we’ll just see how things are.”
The comments come as Inter prepare to face Milan in the derby this coming weekend.
“It is an important week, I was glad to see the team do well on Saturday because it gives us greater confidence in the coming days.”