Controcampo says Inter coach Roberto Mancini is a big fan of Rubin and wants the youngster added to his squad as cover for Maxwell.

Inter will have Rubin watched in the coming weeks before drawing up a bid for the 20 year-old. Inter president Massimo Moratti has an excellent relationship with Torino counterpart Urbano Cairo thanks to Alvaro Recoba's move to the Granata in the summer.

Inter chiefs Marco Branca and Lele Oriali rate Rubin at £4 million, while Cairo would prefer £6 million for a player he paid pennies for when signing him from Cittadella.