Benitez deal close - Moratti

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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has revealed the deal which will see Rafael Benitez take over at the San Siro is "more or less done" and is confident the former Liverpool manager will sign on Tuesday.

The Spaniard, who left his post at Liverpool by mutual consent last Thursday, has been strongly linked with the post after Jose Mourinho's departure for Real Madrid.

And Moratti believes the last few details will be sorted out in the next 24 hours. When asked if Benitez could be proclaimed as the next Inter boss on Tuesday, the Nerazzurri chief replied: "Yes, I really think so."

He added: "The deal is more or less done. It's not sealed yet because you don't sign something before hearing what you're signing, but we decisively targeted Benitez from the beginning and he is the person we consider most useful for the continuity of Inter at the same level."

Benitez may wish to take his Anfield assistant Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero and fitness coach Paco de Miguel with him to the San Siro, with Italian Amedeo Carboni - who played under Benitez as a midfielder at Valencia - also tourted as a possible backroom addition.

Reports in Italy suggest Benitez will sign a three-year deal worth five million euros per season.

However, Moratti insists that media speculation is wide of the mark.

"Who wrote that is off the track," he continued. "For the duration and the amount.

"We talked about everything but the transfer market. And the numbers of assistants that I read in the papers are also fortunately wrong.

"I read frightening numbers but in reality they will be numbers which belong to the norm of other coaches we have contracted in the past."

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