Atletico Madrid have granted Diego Forlan permission to open talks with Inter Milan.

The Uruguayan is expected to sign for the Italian outfit before the window closes and he's remained in Madrid to ponder his options.

"Forlan asked Coach Gregorio Manzano this morning not to travel to Guimaraes because he was studying the possibility of signing for another team," Atletico said on their official website.

"Manzano authorised him to stay in Madrid because Atletico have a lot at stake and need players who are 100 per cent."