Thursday June 7 2012
Defensive revamp for Inter

Inter appear poised to completely overhaul their backline with deals for Matias Silvestre and Aleksandar Kolarov in the offing.

Both Milan clubs are said to be interested in Palermo stopper Silvestre but, according to the Sicilian outfit's President, Inter have been more proactive in their efforts to land the Argentine.

“Silvestre has asked to leave and we will try to please him,” revealed Maurizio Zamparini in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb.

“Inter have taken important steps towards the player, while Milan have simply shown an interest.”

Meanwhile, the left-back berth could be filled by former Lazio defender and set-piece specialist Kolarov. The Serb fell behind Gael Clichy in the Manchester City pecking order towards the end of the season and today's La Repubblica asserts that former Nerazzurri boss Roberto Mancini will not stand in the way of a loan deal.

Offloading defenders is proving less simple however. Brazilian duo Lucio and Maicon have both professed a desire to leave, but as yet no agreement has been found with Fenerbahce for the former and the idea of paying €8m for a 31-year-old is said to have scared suitors such as Chelsea away from the latter.