Inter close on Madrid men
By Lucas Brown and Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Inter have reportedly reached an agreement for Walter Samuel and Santiago Solari.Internazionale have reportedly reached an agreement with Real Madrid that could see both Walter Samuel and Santiago Solari move to the Nerazzurri.
The Argentine duo must still agree personal terms although Los Merengues appear to have reached an accord with the Serie A side as they look to overhaul their squad.
Both Samuel and Solari are reported to have flown to Milan to thrash out a deal, with an official announcement expected later this week.
27-year-old Samuel has singularly failed to impress at the Bernabeu and is expected to make an immediate return to Italian football after his £16.7 million move last summer.
If he agrees a move to Roberto Mancini's side the deal will constitute a season-long loan, for which Internazionale will fork out é¼2 million, with the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of around é¼18 million in 2006.
Solari, a dangerous left-sided winger, turned down a move to San Siro as part of Ronaldo's move to Madrid in 2002, although could now arrive as a free agent as Real look to free up the non-EU slots in their multi-talented squad.
Nerazzurri officials will continue talks on Monday in a bid to agree personal terms with the two Argentinian stars.
Meanwhile Internazionale defender Francesco Coco could be set for a move to The Premiership, with reports in the Italian press suggesting that Bolton have approached the Italian international.
The Trotters are looking to further their full back options after Vincent Candela's departure, although may have to compete with interest from Middlesbrough for the former Milan man.
Coco endured a frustrating season after suffering a bad back injury, and is expected to leave the Nerazzurri with Fiorentina also slated as potential suitors in Italy.