Mourinho: Stankovic No Longer The Same Player

Internazionale boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he is still keen on bringing an attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window, while he seems to have signed the exit forms for Dejan Stankovic by claiming that he is no longer the player he was at Lazio.
Portuguese winger Quaresma has been a target for Inter all summer as new boss José Mourinho is eager to rebuild his recently-inherited side to guide the Nerazzurri to Champions League success.

And while rumours about The Special One's interest in Quaresma diminished following the arrival of Mancini from Roma, Mourinho is still looking for a world-class solution addition to the attacking midfield.

The valuation set by Valencia on their star David Silva rocketed after his Euro 2008 displays, which made Mourinho give up on the Spaniard's chase and switch his attention to Quaresma, his prime target.

Reports emanating from Portugal suggest that Inter and Porto are once again in negotiations after the latest talks failed to render a solution.

It is understood that the Portuguese outfit are no longer interested in a part-exchange deal and may be tempted to lower their asking price to €32 million.

Mourinho, meanwhile, revealed that Quaresma is high on his list of targets but did not wish to comment on the ongoing negotiations.

"I like Quaresma but he is at FC Porto," Mourinho said.

The former Porto boss also stressed that he is still hoping for the arrival of Frank Lampard despite having had his latest offer turned down.

"The transfer period will only end on the 31st August, and we need a midfielder. Lampard is at Chelsea, but I worked very well with him," Mourinho noted.

Mourinho also appeared to sign the exit forms for Dejan Stankovic by claiming that he is no longer the player he was at Lazio.

"As for Stankovic, I do not see in him the player who he was at Lazio," he stressed.

Finally 'The Special One' commented on Ronaldinho's transfer to Milan.

"It is nice that to see him at Milan, with me and him the league becomes even greater,” he concluded.

Luís Mira