Inter haven't given up hope of signing Ricky Kaka and will monitor his progress with Real Madrid in the next few weeks.
Speculation is mounting that Inter boss Leonardo will push to be reunited with Kaka who he knew well at Milan.
The former Ballon d'Or winner is due to make his comeback after a long injury lay-off and Inter will monitor his progress with a view to launching a bid, even though their interest has been discouraged by the player.
Il Corriere dello Sport understands representatives from Inter will watch Kaka if he plays against Getafe in La Liga and then Levante in the Copa del Rey in the first week of January.
Ernesto Bronzetti, the Italian agent with close ties to Real Madrid, doesn't feel a move to Inter is likely when the transfer window reopens.
"I can't imagine a deal of this nature and anyway Chelsea would be interested too," he said.