Inter president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that he is close to appointing former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as the new coach of the Champions League winners.
“There are no obstacles,” Moratti told the Italian news agency Ansa. “The agreement, more or less, is done.
Inter are looking for a new coach after Jose Mourinho, who an historic treble with the side last season, left to take over at Real Madrid.
Last week, Benitez left Liverpool after six years in charge at Anfield.
Benitez has a tough act to follow with Mourinho winning the league in both seasons he was at the club, not to mention securing the Champions League and Italian Cup last season.
Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano has suggested that the Spaniard would be the ideal fit for Inter.
“Only Benitez could take the place of a coach like Mourinho,” said Mascherano.
“He is a great coach. He has charisma, personality, a winning mentality.
“Moreover, he will find himself brilliantly in Italy because of the tactical game. Rafa studies everything on the table and directs the team from the bench like an orchestra conductor.
“After Mourinho, he is the only man capable of continuing Inter’s winning run.”