Alexander Hleb is ready to snub Inter Milan in favour of a move to German club Stuttgart, according to reports in Italy.
But Sky Sports Italia claim Hleb has insisted on a move to Stuttgart, where he spent five years as a player between 2000 and 2005.
Jose Mourinho has already identified back up targets if the former Arsenal star doesn't make the move to Serie A though, with Portuguese midfielder Deco still on his radar.
The two worked together at Porto and Deco was keen on a switch to the Nerazzurri until Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Stamford Bridge.
There are also rumours Mourinho would consider a move for Ezequiel Lavezzi after the striker's very public falling out with his club Napoli.