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Inter raid Chelsea

Inter have let it be known through the Italian press that they have set their sights on Chelsea duo Ricardo Carvalho and Deco, and that the two clubs are in negotiations with each other.

Chelsea fans would no doubt happily push Deco onto the plane, and maybe even pay the fare, but the loss of Carvalho would be a major blow to any title aspirations next season. However it would mean a reunion with his former boss Jose Mourinho, of who he has made no secret of his admiration.

'Mourinho has asked us for Deco and Carvalho and we are working towards making him happy,' said Inter president Massimo Moratti to the Gazzetta dello Sport. 'Our wish is to sign both players and I have seen that the players' intention is to join us. We still haven't reached an agreement with Chelsea but I think we will do in a short time.

'We are interested in Carvalho primarily for the Champions League. He has the right experience, he is calm under pressure and brings experience in the defensive line. Our coach has guaranteed quality and I have every intention to make him happy.'

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