Former Juventus CEO Marotta in talks to become new Inter chief

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The 61-year-old is set join the Nerazzurri as part of a boardroom revamp at the San Siro

Former Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta is in China to hold talks with Inter Milan owners Suning over a move to the San Siro, Goal understands.

Marotta has travelled to Suning’s headquarters in Nanjing to hold meetings with majority shareholder Zhang Jindong and his son, Steven Zhang.

Zhang was confirmed as new Inter president at the end of last month, succeeding former owner Erick Thohir.

Marotta is keen to discuss the details of his proposed role at the club before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Despite Marotta’s arrival it is believed Piero Ausilio will continue as Inter sporting director, while chief football operations officer Giovanni Gardini and managing director Alessandro Antonello will also retain their positions.

Marotta is free to discuss terms with Inter after his contract with Juventus was terminated at the end of last month.

The 61-year-old initially arrived in Turin in 2010, having spent eight years occupying a similar role at Sampdoria.

Marotta is widely credited with being instrumental in Juventus’ revival in fortunes over the last decade.  

The Bianconeri finished seventh in his first season in charge but have since enjoyed a glittering spell of success that has yielded seven successive Scudetti and four Coppa Italia titles.

Marotta’s impact at Juventus led to speculation he could take up a similar role abroad, with Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal believed to have been interested.

However, when asked about his future earlier this month, Marotta confirmed he was looking to remain in Serie A.

“I will not go abroad,” he said. “Italy represents the best, of sport and more. For my part there is the will to stay here. I intend to continue my business in this country."

Now it seems Inter Milan is his next destination as part of a revamped Nerazzurri board.

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Suning Group have invested close to €501 million (£445m/$571m) since the Chinese conglomerate bought out majority shareholder Thohir in 2016.

Thohir initially remained chairman as a minority shareholder before being replaced by Zhang and leaving the club for good last month.

Luciano Spalletti’s side are currently third in Serie A, nine points behind leaders Juventus.

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