Inter Milan are confident on completing a deal for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, according to club vice-president Javier Zanetti.
The Ivorian has been heavily linked with a move to the Italian club, helped by the fact his former City boss is now in charged at Inter.
When asked about the ongoing negotiations, Zanetti said to Gazzetta dello Sport: "We are at the stage where we hope we can complete it.
"Yaya would give us that leap in quality."
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed that signing Yaya Toure from Manchester City is 'just a dream'.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is a player Inter boss Roberto Mancini knows well after coaching him from 2010 until 2013 at the Premier League club.
Toure is under contract with the Blues outfit until June 2017.
"For the time being it's just a dream," Ausilio said. "It's good to have them and cultivate them.
"But we are looking to prepare something serious and important for the future.
"We want to build something that becomes a reality.
"It could be that he (Toure) wants to play in a different league.
"But he is a Manchester City player, he is in a very strong club that has no intention to let go of a player of that calibre."
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed his club twice came close to signing Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic last year.
The Nerazzurri were looking to strengthen their attacking line last summer and made an approach to acquire the Montenegro international in the hope of luring him back to Serie A.
"We were so close to Jovetic," Ausilio told Sky Italia. "Not just last summer but in January, too.
"We pushed hard to get him but then an injury to (Alvaro) Negredo and the wish of the player to remain at City made the negotiations very difficult."
Spanish forward Negredo, who is currently on loan at Valencia from City until the end of the season, broke his foot last summer during the pre-season with City.
"I honestly had great hope," Ausilio said. "Jovetic is a player that we still like a lot but there's a problem.
"He is a City player and it's a very rich club."
Nemanja Vidic won't be leaving Inter Milan, according to his agent, despite an average start to his time in Italy.
The Serbian has been linked with a move away from the San Siro, but looks set to stay to work under Roberto Mancini.
Asked if Vidic would stay at Inter, his agent Silvano Martina told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I think he should, yes, because he has another two years left on his contract. In fact, I want to reveal something.
"Last year he (Vidic) made a specific choice to come to Milan, even though Manchester United wanted to keep him and kept calling up to December."
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has apologised after referring to Inter Milan's Indonesian Chairman Erick Thohir as "that Filipino."
Ferrero made the comment on Sunday when asked about the growing tensions at Inter which have seen long serving Massimo Moratti step down as honorary chairman.
Moratti's decision was influenced by complaints about the Serie A club's finances from Thohir, who bought a controlling 70% stake last year.
Ferrero told Italian broadcasters RAI:
"Moratti is a great man and it's unfair that he has been treated like this. He has given so much to Italian soccer... I told him to boot that Filipino out."
In a statement published on Sampdoria's website, Ferrero later wrote:
"I did not want to be disrespectful of Thohir, of Inter's directors or of the people of the Philippines, with whom I have a wonderful relationship."
It has been reported that Tottenham players were tonight subjected to racist chants by Inter Milan supporters, who were also seen waving an inflatable banana.
Spurs lost 4-1 after extra-time on the night but progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.
Monkey chants appeared to be aimed at several Tottenham players, notably goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor, while a fan was seen with an inflatable banana.