Inter Milan take step back in Maniche negotiations

Controcampo says coach Roberto Mancini is ready to drop the signing of Maniche as he prepares to welcome back from injury Patrick Vieira, Dejan Stankovic and Luis Figo, who all could be joining full-scale training before the end of January.

Atletico are still keen to see Maniche join Inter, but Mancini doesn't want to be lumbered with another senior player, particularly with his injured trio now on the verge of a first team return.

However, while talks have slowed down, the final decision will only be made once medical checks are made on Stankovic and Vieira.