Inter Milan have not given up hope of bringing Frank Lampard to the San Siro, according to assistant coach Beppe Baresi.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon announced on Wednesday that the Premier League club were set to reject a second offer of nearly £8million for the England midfielder.
But according to Baresi, former Blues boss Jose Mourinho has not conceded defeat in his efforts to reunite with Lampard as he prepares for his first season in charge of the Serie A champions.
'In all honesty I don't follow transfer rumours closely,' Mourinho's number two said. 'But I know that the possibility is still open.'
Baresi also insisted the club will do their utmost to secure the signature of their other big transfer target - Roma midfielder Amantino Mancini.
'Mancini? He is a player who interests Inter a lot and the club will continue to press to have him until the end,' he said.
Baresi is reslishing what he believes will be a great campaign, claiming the high level of competition offered by the likes of bitter rivals AC Milan and Juventus will help make it one of the best Serie A seasons in history.
'The number of season ticket holders for next season is testimony to the extraordinary feeling among our fans,' he said.
'This year there are new prospects, a new coach and the Nerazzurri supporters are showing a lot of faith and attachment.
'Mourinho has said that the club are doing everything to welcome him.
'Juventus? They're a good team that have been reinforcing themselves lately. They have a lot of desire to make up lost ground, they are full of fighting spirit and will certainly battle for the top prize.
'Milan and Roma will also fight until the end. These will all contribute to it being one of the best seasons.'