Longo: Stankovic deal close

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Lazio president Ugo Longo is confident that the transfer of Dejan Stankovic to Internazionale will go through this month.

Lazio are keen to offload the player, who is out of contract at the end of the year and would be available for nothing.

Despite being labelled as one of his key men by Lazio coach Roberto Mancini, the financial concerns of the club have been put first and the Serbia & Montenegro international looks set to join Inter soon.

"We have had a meeting," said Longo. "We are going forward but there are a few details left to iron out.

"We will see what happens in the next few days. I wouldn't put a percentage on it but it is highly likely that Stankovic will go to Inter."

Longo also hinted that Dutch defender Jaap Stam would not be offloaded until the summer - which will be welcome news for Mancini.