Inter technical director Marco Branca has confirmed that Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas will not be taking over at the world champions.
The club's CEO, Ernesto Paolillo, stated on Friday that Inter were searching for a new coach as Leonardo had left Italy, with his appointment as Paris Saint-Germain's new general manager imminent.
However, Branca has stated that Villas-Boas will not be the Brazilian's replacement, despite the director flying to Porto to meet the Portuguese tactician and his representatives in an attempt to lure him to San Siro.
"Andres Villas-Boas will not be the coach of Inter, and not just because of the buyout clause that would cost €15 million which ties him to Porto," Branca told ANSA.
The former striker was keen to highlight that the buyout clause in Villas-Boas' contract combined with the coach's affinity with the Portuguese champions is why the former Inter assistant will not be in the club's dugout next season.
"It is already known to the world of football that the tie between Porto and Villas-Boas is strong and the presence of the very high buy-out clause in his contract excludes the possibility of him joining Inter," he added.
With the 33-year-old tactican being ruled out of the reckoning, Sinisa Mihajlovic is believed to be the favourite for the role, despite the Fiorentina boss claiming he is happy to stay in Tuscany.
Italian media are also speculating that Delio Rossi, who left Palermo at the end of the season and former Genoa tactician Gian Piero Gasperini are also in the running for the position.