HLEB LOAN DEAL

Hleb to snub Inter loan in favour of Stuttgart?

July 29, 2009
By Soccernet Staff

Alexander Hleb is ready to snub Inter Milan in favour of a move to German club Stuttgart, according to reports in Italy.

GettyImagesAlex Hleb has struggled at the Nou Camp.

Hleb was expected to join the Italian champions on a one-year loan deal from Barcelona, as part of the deal that saw Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic swap clubs.

But Sky Sports Italia claim Hleb has insisted on a move to Stuttgart, where he spent five years as a player between 2000 and 2005.

Jose Mourinho has already identified back up targets if the former Arsenal star doesn't make the move to Serie A though, with Portuguese midfielder Deco still on his radar.

The two worked together at Porto and Deco was keen on a switch to the Nerazzurri until Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

There are also rumours Mourinho would consider a move for Ezequiel Lavezzi after the striker's very public falling out with his club Napoli.