Italian side Cagliari announced on Thursday that they have completed a move for Inter Milan center back Diego Godin. The captain of the Uruguayan National Team has signed a three-year deal with “Gli Isolani” and will arrive on a free transfer. Cagliari will be the 34-year-old’s sixth career club and his second in Italy.
Godin will be best remembered as the brilliant center back for Atletico Madrid from 2010 to 2019. Over the course of his decade in Madrid, Godin appeared in 389 contests and helped raise Atleti’s status in a top heavy Spanish top tier along with manager Diego Simeone. He also was instrumental in making Atleti one of Europe’s most successful sides by winning two Europa Leagues, three Super Cups, a Copa del Rey, a Supercopa, and most importantly, Atleti’s first La Liga league title since the 1995-96 campaign.
Godin may not be as sharp as he once was, but he should be a fabulous mentor for Cagliari’s other defenders. Most of Cagliari’s other center backs are also around Godin’s age; both Ragnar Klavan and Fabio Pisacane are the same age as their new teammate and team captain Luca Ceppitelli just turned 31 back in August. But the team does also feature two youngsters at the position, Andrea Carboni and Sebastian Walukiewicz. It’ll be interesting to see how the former Europa League champion works with his new back line.
Godin may not be the last defender to leave Inter Milan over this summer window if some reports from Europe are to be believed. According to Alasdair Gold from football.london, The club’s superstar center back Milan Skriniar may be on his way to North London to play for Tottenham. The clubs are still negotiating a price tag with some in the media saying that Inter want around 50-60 million pounds for the Slovakian. We will continue to monitor that potentially earth-shattering move if it occurs.
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