Frenchman starred for the Nerazzurri between 2006-2010.
Serie A giants Inter Milan want Patrick Vieira to be their head coach at some point in the future, perhaps even as early as next summer, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The former Arsenal captain is currently working for mega-rich Premier League outfit Manchester City, where he is the north-west club’s Football Development Executive.
However, the 37-year-old is very highly regarded by key figures back at his old club in Italy, who the Frenchman played and occasionally captained for four years between 2006 and 2010.
The one-time France international moved to San Siro from Juventus in the summer of 2006 for 9.5 million euros after the then Italian champions had been relegated to Serie B after being implicated in a far-reaching match-fixing scandal.
And the midfield player won four straight league titles during his spell with Inter, in the process becoming a huge favourite with the Nerazzurri faithful, before Vieira then returned to the English Premier League in January 2010 by joining City on an initial six-month loan.
But, despite also being well thought of at Eastlands, where Vieira currently works with the club’s youth-team players, it is thought far less likely he will get the opportunity to coach the team any time soon following City’s recent appointment of Manuel Pellegrini to replace previous boss Roberto Mancini.
All of which could therefore open up the possibility of Vieira returning to Italy and Inter one day, perhaps sooner than many people expect.