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Inter join chase as Barca let Coco go
Tuesday 28th May 2002

Francesco Coco is set for a return to AC Milan after Barcelona ended his unhappy one-year loan spell in Spain, but city rivals Internazionale are preparing to swoop for the World Cup wing-back. 

The player's father, Antonio Coco, admitted talks with Inter were underway, and claimed his son did not want to play for Milan. 

"I can't deny we have seen Inter executives," he said. "It would be a great choice for us, but it depends on Milan. On Thursday we will meet Milan's executives and things will be made clear.

"The only thing I can say for sure is that Francesco doesn't want to come back and play for Milan."

Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf may be used by Inter to sweeten the deal for Milan, who have already expressed an interest in the Holland star.

Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti is a known-admirer, and the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani said: "I like very much Seedorf, but we have to talk with Inter about him."

One stumbling block to the Seedorf move could be Inter's demand for money, as well as Coco, but that looks negotiable.

Inter are also believed to be chasing Valencia midfielder Kily Gonzalez, and on Monday they signed 18-year-old Levski Sofia striker Dimitar Makriev.

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