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Report: Inter Milan on the verge of signing Diego Godin

Atletico Madrid defender close to two-year deal.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Club Brugge - UEFA Champions League Group A
Wesley of Club Brugge is challenged by Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid during the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between Club Atletico de Madrid and Club Brugge at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on October 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
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According to reports, Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta is close to signing his first player in his new position with the club.

Sky Italia, via Calciomercato, is reporting that Atletico Madrid defender and captain Diego Godin.

Final details on a two-year contract are being finalized with Godin joining the Nerazzurri in the summer on a free transfer. There is an option for a third year on the contract.

Financial details of the deal have not been released.

He would be the third free signing for Inter Milan on defense, following Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Over the course of his career, the Uruguayan has won the Spanish Cup (2012/13), the Spanish Super Cup (2013/14), the Europa League twice (2011/12 and 2017/18), the Copa America (with Uruguay in 2011) and the UEFA Super Cup three times (2010/11, 2012/13 and 2018/19).

He spent the first part of his career playing for Defensor U19, CA Cerro and Nacional in Uruguay before being sold to Villarreal in 2007. He made the switch to Atletico Madrid in 2010.

This season, Godin has played in 18 matches, scoring two goals with one assist.

The move, if finalized, leaves Inter Milan deep on defense … perhaps too deep. Some reports suggest that Joao Miranda may be sold either during the January or summer window leaving Godin to take his spot alongside de Vrij and Milan Skriniar.

Despite his age (33), Godin would be a solid signing for the Nerazzurri as he has helped Atletico to La Liga’s longest current unbeaten streak at 14 matches. Atletico’s defense is one of the stoutest in the league giving up just 12 goals in 17 league matches. That, in fact, is the lowest goals against for any team in the league.

Atletico Madrid is currently second in La Liga, three points back of league-leading Barcelona and two points ahead of Sevilla FC.

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