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Diego Godin to Join Cagliari With Arturo Vidal Set to Finalise Move to Inter

Mitchell Wilks
Diego Godin will terminate his Inter contract and leave on a free transfer
Diego Godin will terminate his Inter contract and leave on a free transfer / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
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Veteran defender Diego Godin is set to join fellow Serie A side Cagliari on a free transfer from Inter, allowing the club to finalise a transfer for Arturo Vidal.

Godin joined Inter ahead of last season after nine years with Atletico Madrid, but will move to Cagliari as Antonio Conte's side looks to free up funds to bring new faces before the transfer window shuts.

Godin made 36 appearances in all competitions in his first and only season with Inter Milan
Godin made 36 appearances in all competitions in his first and only season with Inter Milan / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Speculation linking Godin to Cagliari has been rumbling on, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the move is nearing completion with his signature 'here we go', as initially reported by Sky Italy.

Godin has agreed a severance package with Inter that sees his current contract terminated, which has allowed him to agree personal terms with Cagliari. The 34-year-old will sign a three-year deal, and paves the way for Vidal to join the Nerazzurri from Barcelona.

Vidal has been one of several players linked with an exit from La Blaugrana following a disappointing season on all fronts. An embarrassing exit to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, coupled up with losing out on La Liga to Real Madrid, prompted Lionel Messi to hand in a transfer request. While the Argentine looks to be staying, a number of his teammates aren't.

Vidal has a year to run on his Barcelona contract and has already agreed terms with Inter, and a deal is expected to be completed following the confirmation of Godin's departure, according to Sky Italy. The 33-year-old midfielder joined Barça from Bayern Munich in 2018 and has made 96 appearances for the club, but will now link up with fellow Chilean Alexis Sanchez in Milan.

Arturo Vidal is now set to join Inter, with a deal in place and ready to be finalised
Arturo Vidal is now set to join Inter, with a deal in place and ready to be finalised / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Vidal isn't the only Barcelona player being linked with a move to Serie A. Vidal follows former Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo to the Italian top flight, who joined Juventus in a deal that saw Miralem Pjanic head the other way. Luis Suarez is also being linked with a move to Juve, although a move remains in doubt as I Bianconeri pursue Roma's Edin Dzeko.

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