Independiente are hopeful of bringing back club favourite Gabriel Milito to bolster the defence in 2011, as the Rojo look to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming Copa Libertadores campaign.
Club president Julio Comparada revealed on Wednesday that he had talked recently with the Barcelona defender, who has struggled to break into the first team since returning from injury earlier this year, and that Milito's response gave him hope a deal could be struck for the 30-year-old.
"It is true that we have held chats with Milito and he told me that he would love to return, because he wants to be back at his peak and fight big things with us, like the Copa Libertadores," Comparada told La Red.
The president also revealed contact with fellow Rojo alumnus and current Udinese striker German Denis, who is struggling to find his form after being sold by Napoli.
Comparada admitted however that the club did not have the resources to match the players' earnings in Europe, and that any deal would hang on their willingness to compromise for the chance to return to their favourite clubs.
"Denis and Gabi want to play in Independiente but it depends more on their own desires than anything we can offer," the chief concluded.