After speculation which linked the Uruguayan striker with nearly every big team in Brazil, Forlán’s destination has been confirmed a few hours ago, and it is Internacional de Porto Alegre. Funny how he didn’t change the name of his employee, huh?
There aren’t many details regarding transfer fee, if it existed, or wages. All known is that his contract will run until July 2015.
Forlán started his career at Independiente (ARG) and then moved to Manchester United, also playing at Villarreal, Atletico de Madrid and finally Internazionale. Fun fact: he never played for a team in his country.
Ever since the rumours started, Diego has been heavily linked to São Paulo as his father, Pablo Forlán, is an idol at the club. But with Luis Fabiano recently signed from Sevilla, São Paulo interest steamed off and opened space for Inter to make a move.
He didn’t have a good season in Italy, playing in 20 games while only scoring 2 goals and being troubled with injuries. That might be a plus for Internacional, as he’d come cheap(-ish) for them.
After that, the rumours about Leandro Damião leaving Porto Alegre will only increase. In his terrific 2011 season, there were reports about Tottenham and some Italian teams interested to take his services. Even though Diego isn’t a pure centre forward in the mold of Damião, he could fill in his shoes.
Interesting how in one day, Brazilian teams got Clarence Seedorf and Diego Forlán! They might be some steps far from their peaks, but we can’t deny their talent. Hopefully it’ll be another motive for people outside Brazil to turn their heads toward some of our games. Looking forward to the next Internacional x Botafogo game!