Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter will intensify talks for the Brazil international after selling Maxwell to Barcelona last night.
Inter hope to do business for Andre Santos for around £5 million.
It's also emerged Inter have first option on Barcelona midfielder Alex Hleb as part of Maxwell's deal.
Meanwhile, Inter are keeping tabs on Lucio's situation at Bayern Munich.
The Brazil defender is back at Bayern, but is unsettled and is under consideration by Inter as talks stall over Chelsea centre-half Ricardo Carvalho.