According to reports in Italy, Inter Milan is just hours away from making Deco the first signing of José Mourinho's reign at San Siro.

Mourinho only took charge of the Nerazzurri a week ago, but he has already moved swiftly in the transfer market.

An attacking center midfielder was always going to be the main priority for Inter this summer, and it seems the club is close to solving the problem by capturing the Barcelona star.

The 30-year-old had a disappointing season at Camp Nou and will definitely leave the club. Latest reports in Italy say that Inter has agreed to pay Barça between $19 million and $20 million, with Deco signing a three-year contract worth $7.8 million per season.

Deco, who is said to be just days or even hours away from completing the move, will wear the No. 20 shirt and will renew his relationship with his former Porto coach Mourinho.

The playmaker is currently on show at this summer's European Championships for his adopted country Portugal.

He signed for Barcelona from Porto in 2004 in a cash plus player deal involving Ricardo Quaresma, and has won two La Liga titles and one Champions League.

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