Bayern Munich have reportedly rejected a sensational request from former defender Lucio to return to the club for a second spell, according to Kicker.
The Brazilian defender is ready to leave world champions Inter, and had expressed his desire to return to the Bundesliga.
The report claims that Lucio approached Bayern with a proposal to return after two years in Serie A with the former European champions, but was rebuffed due to his age, high wages, lack of resale value and the fact that the player may now be past his best.
The 33-year-old had attracted interest from ambitious La Liga side Malaga but would prefer to move to a side capable of challenging for league titles.
Lucio left the club in acrimonious fashion two seasons ago when then-coach Louis van Gaal orchestrated his departure, which left the powerful centre-back fuming. Former Bayern striker Roy Makaay went on record saying that the club should never have allowed Lucio to leave.
It is no secret that Bayern are on the lookout for a player to strengthen the centre of their defence, which proved unreliable last season as they were knocked out of the Champions League by Lucio's Inter and finished a distant third in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.
A more likely candidate for Bayern is Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng, who revealed that he is optimistic a deal will be done to take him to Bavaria. Further alternatives to plug the hole in the defence include Chelsea's Alex and Barcelona's Gabriel Milito.