Tottenham target Casemiro will not be sold by Sao Paulo until 2013 after Inter Milan enquired about his availability reports talkSPORT.
The 19-year-old Brazilian has attracted interest from a number of clubs in Europe, but it is Inter and their cross-city rivals AC Milan who have shown the biggest intentions of capturing his signature.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder who has produced a series of fine displays for club and for country.
Having already hit the jackpot with the signing of fellow Samba star Sandro, who moved to White Hart Lane from Internacional in 2010 - Tottenham are hoping to agree another deal to sign one of South America's latest prodigious young talents.
According to reports in Italy, Inter were swiftly knocked back by Sao Paulo when the Serie A giants sent scouts to Brazil to discuss the possibility of a January transfer.
Now it looks as though Tottenham will be forced to turn their attention elsewhere, after Casemiro's club stood firm in their determination to keep him until January 2013 at the earliest.