Internazionale have refused to give up hope of being able to sign England midfielder Frank Lampard from Chelsea this summer.
The 30-year-old is into the final year of his current contract with the Blues, but has been unable to reach an agreement on a new deal to secure his long-term future with the club.
Inter had seemed to have given up hope of landing Lampard, but chief executive Ernesto Paolillo says that that is not the case.
He commented: "We will see how things evolve in the next few days, but that is not to say that the negotiations are over.
"Anyway, we have made sure we have a competitive team even without Frank Lampard."
Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech had earlier spoken of his hope that Lampard will choose to pen a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
He told Sky Sports News: "He has one year left on his contract, so that's for sure.
"I hope they will find an agreement with the club and he will stay more than one year.
"He's really one of the key figures in our team over the last five years. So it's always important to keep players like that, especially when he can 20 goals a season from midfield."