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Inter close to signing Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin

By Ben Green

Published: 11:22, 15 April 2019

Inter Milan are currently negotiating a deal to bring Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin to the San Siro this summer, according to managing director Beppe Marotta. 

The seasoned centre-back will see his current contract with Atleti expire this summer and he is yet to negotiate a new deal in the Spanish capital.

Could Godin join Inter? Five key things to know…

  1. Godin has been an integral component of the Atleti defence since signing from Villarreal in 2010.
  2. With one-year left on his contract last summer Manchester United reportedly made an approach for his services.
  3. The 33-year-old stayed put but has not put pen-to-paper on fresh terms with Atleti.
  4. Godin has been able to enter negotiations with foreign clubs since January, with six months left on his contract at the time.
  5. Inter have been heavily linked with his signature, and Marotta has now confirmed those reports.

The Nerazzurri were first linked with a move to acquire the Uruguayan stalwart’s services back in January, with the club set for a busy summer.

Luciano Spalletti’s side have been unable to thwart Juventus’ Serie A stranglehold and have crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League this season, leading to suggestion of a summer overhaul.

And the club are now looking to add Godin to their ranks when his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano expires on June 30, Marotta has revealed.

Speaking to Radio Anche I Sport (via ​Gianluca Di Marizo), he said: “At the moment we are negotiating and defining with Godin, but for Inter we need to find players who can influence the team in a positive way, always taking into account the financial fair play that limits us.”

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Marotta plays down Conte rumours 

With Inter unable to challenge in the latter stages of Europe or mount a serious title challenge in the Italian top-flight, speculation has been mounting on the future of Luciano Spalletti.

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been out of work since parting company from the west London club and he has been linked with a move to Inter.

However, Marotta has since suggested any talk of a move for Conte is natural given he is unattached to a club at this present moment.

When quizzed on Spalletti’s future, he said: “He has two years left on his contract and the team are on track with the objectives we’ve set.

“He isn’t a rookie, he’s proven to be able to play his part. The Conte rumours stem from the facts that he is unattached and has a winning profile.

“It’s normal for him to be linked with big clubs.”