Inter and Chelsea consider defender swap

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho could complete a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan by next week, it is being reported in the Italian press. La Gazzetta dello Sport believe that the Portuguese international, who previously played under Inter boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Porto, will make the move in exchange for Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso. Carvalho, 31, recently made it clear he was ready and willing to leave Stamford Bridge stating, "I am available for a club who wishes to have me." After a troubled season marred by injury and loss of form, it appears new manager Carlo Ancelotti will not be standing in his way. Adding further fuel to the fire, it is being reported that Burdisso's agent, Fernando Hidalgo, is to travel to London for talks with Chelsea officials next week. Carvalho, who joined Chelsea from Porto in 2004 for £20 million, has enjoyed an extremely successful spell at the club is also believed to be a target for big spending Manchester City. Burdisso, meanwhile, was one of several Inter players said to be on Spurs manager Harry Redknapp’s radar in January.