Mourinho targets summer playmaker

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, who hopes to persuade Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay with the Serie A leaders, wants to sign a playmaker to operate behind two forwards. "If a playmaker arrives I'll be happy because it will be another asset. It's true we lack a playmaker who can influence the play,"  the Portuguese told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mourinho tried and failed to sign Chelsea's Frank Lampard last summer, with the England midfielder eventually agreeing a new contract with the Blues.

However, the ex-Porto manager could swoop for another Stamford Bridge playmaker at the end of the season, with Deco - who played under Mourinho at Porto - having struggling to make an impression during his first season with the west Londoners.

The 31-year-old was linked with a move to Inter Milan last summer, but opted to join Chelsea from Barcelona and team up with ex-Portugal national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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