After lengthy negotiations, Inter have completed the signing of midfielder Nicolo Barella from Cagliari on an initial loan, with a view to a permanent move.
The Nerazzurri had identified the Italian international as a key target in the transfer window but struggled to reach an agreement with Cagliari, and the delays allowed Roma to steal a march and agree a deal with the Sardinian outfit.
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However, Barella’s determination to join Inter saw the capital club withdraw their offer and, after further talks, the Nerazzurri took to their official website to announce that the 22-year-old had signed a five-year contract at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Barella moves to Inter on a season-long loan with an obligatory purchase agreement next summer, and La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that the Biscione have paid an initial €12 million to secure him. However, the deal could reach up to €45m through the purchase and additional performance-related clauses.
Aside from a loan spell at Como, the Cagliari-native had spent his entire career with his hometown club and made 112 appearances for the Isolani.
After being handed his international debut by Roberto Mancini in a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in October, Barella has earned seven caps for the Azzurri and has netted twice.