Inter a ‘dream move’ for Diego Forlan

Following his agreement with Atlético Madrid over unpaid wages, Diego Forlán has made what he called his ‘dream move’ to Inter Milan for €5m. Despite his age the fee looks a bargain for the 32-year-old, who has been prolific in La Liga and has matured into a talismanic player for his country.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the myopia of English football, most in that country will not define Forlán’s career by his in Spain over the last seven seasons, with first Villarreal and then Atlético, but instead by his unsuccessful time at Manchester United. In that time he scored just 17 goals in 95 appearances but despite the poor return, Forlán endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful with a series of crucial goals.
Ahead of the 2003/04 season he moved to Villarreal and in his first season won the Pichichi Trophy, and jointly the European Golden Boot with Thierry Henry as well as helping the side reach the Champions League for the first time. After three seasons at El Madrigal he moved to Atlético in a €21m deal. In his second at the club he once again won the Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Boot double (this time winning the latter outright).
Tactically, the Uruguayan has profited over the last few seasons playing as a deep-lying forward, with freedom to roam in the space in front of the midfield. He’s comfortable receiving the ball to feet thus allowing his partner (most often Luis Suarez for Uruguay and Sergio Agüero for Atlético) to operate as an out-and-out striker exploiting the space between the full back and the centre back by running on to through balls. Thus it could be crucial for Inter, as they conduct their remaining transfer business, to find the right kind of player to act as a foil for Forlan.
FIFA’s technical report for last year’s World Cup said he was a “dominant striker, dangerous in front of goal, good vision, dangerous at set-pieces and from long range” and it was little surprise that with his influential performances and his five goals he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
It capped a fine season in which he helped Los Rojiblancos reach the final of the Copa Del Rey and lift the Europa League trophy. He scored both goals (including a crucial away goal at Anfield) in the two-legged semi-final against Liverpool as well as both goals in the final against Fulham, a performance which saw him named Man of the Match.
A worry for I Nerrazzurri might be that last season was his worst in La Liga with just 10 goals in 42 games in all competitions, including a 12-game goal drought. The exertions of the season before and the World Cup seemed to have taken their toll while he had no rest this summer either as Uruguay lifted the Copa America.
Forlan again led from the front scoring twice in the final but Inter fans will be hoping their new signing does not save his best for the international stage. Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

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