Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Inter want Rafa to replce Jose

Inter Milan have contacted Rafael Benitez over the prospect of being installed as Jose Mourinho's successor.

The Serie A champions have approached the Liverpool manager, with Mourinho expected to depart for Real Madrid following Inter's Champions League final, coincidentally at the Bernabeu Stadium, on Saturday night.

Marco Branca, the Nerazzurri's technical director, has sounded out Benitez to take the managerial reins at the San Siro after Juventus ended their search for a long-term replacement to Alberto Zaccheroni with Sampdoria’s Luigi Del Neri agreeing to join them.

Inter's city rivals AC Milan had also been keeping tabs on Benitez's situation following a disappointing season but have been forced to play the waiting game as he hammers out talks with chairman Martin Broughton over what he stands to gain by remaining at Anfield.

With Liverpool unable to offer guarantees over transfer funds recouped on players sold being reinvested in the playing squad, Inter are hoping that a huge offer lined to help retain the Serie A title and the Champions League, should they win it, will be enough to tempt the Kop boss.

However if Benitez opted to switch to the blue half of Milan, he would be charged with reinventing an ageing side as well as a tough act to follow in the shadow of Mourinho's footsteps; something which AC Milan are hoping will swing in their favour.

The seven-time European champions have a similar rebuilding process to their local rivals after Leonardo was dismissed by club president Silvio Berlusconi following Sunday's 3-0 win over Juventus.

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