Inter wing-back Valentino Lazaro looks set to depart from the Giuseppe Meazza this summer, with Portuguese giants Benfica his destination.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who report that the Lisbon club will soon complete the signing of the 25-year-old on a two-year loan including an obligation to by worth €8-9 million.
Lazaro has never managed to establish a place for himself in the Nerazzurri squad since joining from Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2019, and he has been expected to move for much of the summer.
Several clubs have showed interest in him, but it is Benfica who have been tracking him most closely for the past several weeks, and they appear close to wrapping up a deal for him.
It is also thought that part of the fee includes compensation for Joao Mario, who joined Benfica for free after he was allowed to leave Inter via the mutual termination of his contract.
The Portuguese club will be able to give the Austrian Champions League football, having qualified for the group stage of the competition with their 0-0 draw against PSV in a playoff, having beaten the Dutch side 2-1 in the reverse fixture.