Melo: Inter move is a dream come true

The midfielder is delighted to have finally arrived at San Siro after being linked with a move to the club over many years


Felipe Melo says his belated arrival at Inter is the realisation of a dream.

The former Galatasaray midfielder has long been linked with the Nerazzurri but he looked set to remain in Istanbul after penning a new four-year contract with the Turkish champions on August 13.

However, Inter finally agreed a €3.7 million deal with the Super Lig side on Monday and Melo is delighted at having been reunited with Roberto Mancini, whom he worked under during the head coach’s own spell with Gala..

“I thank God for this possibility,” the 32-year-old told his new club’s in-house TV channel.

“They have been speaking of me and Inter not for months, but years. So, coming here is a dream that has been realised.

“Roberto and I won together at Galatasaray. He’s a winner and working for a man of his experience is wonderful. I’m nobody’s favourite, though. I want to win and I want to do so at a historic club like Inter.

“The only thing I can guarantee is that I will give 100 per cent in every game, even when I’m not fully fit. I’m sure that the fans will get behind me. I fight on the field because that’s my strength.”

Inter will be Melo’s third Italian club, with the Brazilian having previously enjoyed a successful season at Fiorentina before joining Juventus in 2009.

He failed dismally to justify his €25 million transfer fee in Turin, though, and ended up joining Gala in 2013 after two years on loan in Istanbul.

Hernanes overjoyed by Juventus move

The former Inter midfielder has thanked his old club after his deadline day move to Turin before excitedly posing with his new jersey

Hernanes has expressed his joy at joining Juventus from Inter, while at the same time thanking his former club’s fans for their support during his time at San Siro.

The Brazil international only joined the Nerazzurri from Lazio in January 2014 but sealed an €11 million move to Turin on Monday after Massimiliano Allegri’s men had missed out on the signing of Julian Draxler.

Hernanes promptly took to Instagram to bid a fond farewell to the Inter faithful, writing: “First of all, I wanted to say goodbye to the Interista family.

“And to say thank you to this great club, which gave me the opportunity to live a rich and fascinating experience in the Inter jersey for a year and a half.

“And to [say thank you to] the Nerazzurri fans for all of the affection received.

“Thanks a million from the bottom of my heart to all of you.”

However, at the same time, Hernanes could barely contain his delight after sealing his sudden switch to Juve and described the Italian champions as one of the world’s most important clubs.

“It’s with pride and honour that I present to you my new jersey,” he added. “I am motivated to the maximum to enjoy this new experience as best I can.

“And happy to know another great, beautiful and important Italian city like Torino, living with other great people and professionals, and representing one of the most important clubs in Italy and the world!

“And tomorrow I will show you what’s behind the jersey,” he added, alluding to his new number.

'Allegri needs time to transform Juventus' – Patience required after summer of sweeping changes in Turin

The Bianconeri are still coming to terms with the loss of several key men – as well as their disappointment at seeing their primary transfer target, Julian Draxler, join Wolfsburg


GOAL ANALYSIS   By Romeo Agresti

To describe the conclusion of Juventus’ transfer window as frenetic would not do it justice. The Bianconeri have earned a reputation for being shrewd operators because of the way in which they have worked the market in recent years. Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez – the Bianconeri have re-established themselves as a major force in European football thanks to a succession of sensational signings. Moreover, they usually go about their business calmly and competently. It was the same this summer but then things descended into chaos in the final days of the window.

Juve were confident of addressing their long-standing need for a No.10 by signing Schalke starlet Julian Draxler. However, they failed to reach an agreement with the Bundesliga outfit and the Germany international instead joined Wolfsburg on deadline day, much to the Bianconeri’s annoyance and embarrassment. In their desperation to provide Allegri with the trequartista he has repeatedly and publicly requested, the Italian champions turned to Inter midfielder Hernanes. After previous links with attacking midfielders of the calibre of Isco and Oscar, it was hard for most Juve fans to react to the arrival of Hernanes with anything other than a sense of anti-climax.

And it’s not as if they were in a great mood anyway, with Allegri’s men having lost their first two Serie A games for the first time in history. Indeed, there was a fear that Juve had been weakened over the summer and the losses to Udinese and Roma appeared to confirm as much. However, a period of adjustment was likely, given the high turnover of players in Turin this summer. The departures of Pirlo, Tevez and Arturo Vidal were always going to be keenly felt. These were players that were as influential off the field as on it, thus making them difficult to replace.

Juve’s response was to undertake a complete renewal of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad, signing several quality youngsters – Paulo Dybala, Simone Zaza, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro and Mario Lemina – as well as a couple of experienced internationals in Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira. It may appear rash but a cycle was over and Juventus knew this. For this reason, the powers that be at Corso Galileo Ferraris decided to make several new signings, to renew the motivation of a group that has won so much, as it would have been foolish to move forward with the same panel.

Yes, the fans are understandably unhappy with and concerned by a historically poor start to Juve’s bid for a fifth successive Scudetto, but there was always an acceptance that there could be, and most likely would be, some teething problems.

Plus, there are some grounds for optimism. The earlly signs are that Dybala, signed from Palermo for a fee that could rise to €40 million, is the man to trust in both the short and long term. The Argentine has obvious natural ability but what has impressed most thus far is his personality, with the 21-year-old already looking like a character capable of taking on the responsibility of leading the club into a new era of success.

The onus is now on Allegri and his assistants, though, to get the best out a squad that has suffered so many painful departures. There is obvious room for improvement but making so many signings was an admirable admission that change was essential. Juve have been dominating domestically for four years now but new arrivals were required to take the Bianconeri to the next level in Europe. The hope is that reaching the final of the Champions League will come to be viewed as normal rather than an anomaly.

However, everything hinges on how quickly Allegri can successfully mesh the summer signings with the experienced core. Last season’s successes have bought the former AC Milan boss time, which is just as well, because on the evidence of the opening two rounds of the new season, he is going to need it.

Official: Hernanes signs for Juventus

The Brazilian midfielder underwent a medical in Turin on Monday and has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Italian champions

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Hernanes from Serie A rivals Inter.

The 30-year-old emerged as a last-minute target for the Bianconeri, who watched their top creative midfield target Julian Draxler join Wolfsburg on Monday.

With Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal having been sold to New York City and Bayern Munich respectively this summer, the Scudetto holders were in dire need of a proven midfielder to bolster their squad ahead of the transfer window’s closure.

Having completed a medical on Monday, Hernanes has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, with his new club paying €11 million for his services with up to €2m more in add ons.

OFFICIAL: @hernanes completes permanent move to Juventus, signing a three-year contract: http://t.co/JhYGDLsqzL pic.twitter.com/unlEif8A7F

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 31, 2015

Hernanes spent a season and a half as an Inter player having signed from Lazio for €18m in January 2014.

He will hope to help arrest a shock start to the season for the Bianconeri, who have lost back-to-back matches in Serie A to be placed 17th after two games.

Inter confirm Ljajic and Felipe Melo signings

The Nerazzurri completed moves for the Roma and Galatasaray midfielders with minutes to go before the transfer window’s closure

Inter have confirmed Roma attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic has signed for the club in the final few minutes of Serie A’s deadline day.

It had been reported in Italy that the Serbia international, 23, was set to join the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan for €2 million with an option for his new club to purchase for an additional €9m in 2016.

And as the Italian transfer window was snapping shut for the summer, Inter announced Ljajic’s arrival.

“Inter can officially announce the arrival of attacker Adem Ljajic from Roma on loan with the option to purchase in 2016,” the club said in a statement on their website. “The player is welcomed by the whole club.”

Adem #Ljajić è nerazzurro! Niente è come esserci http://t.co/c4r7r6Mvgv #WelcomeLjajic #FCIM pic.twitter.com/hORbXYQhg1

— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 31, 2015

A few minutes later, Inter tweeted the transfer of Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo had also been completed, while the loan arrival of Alex Telles from the same club was also announced.

.@_felipemelo_ è dell’#Inter! http://t.co/UoseFYtYj1 #WelcomeMelo #FCIM pic.twitter.com/Z0qN84y8kS

— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 31, 2015

Alex #Telles è con noi! Ci vediamo a San Siro http://t.co/cUmwXvQrdy #WelcomeTelles #FCIM pic.twitter.com/ADEI9BEEag

— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 31, 2015

Ljajic has spent two seasons at the Stadio Olimpico side but failed to truly make his mark on Rudi Garcia’s XI since his €11 million signing, while 32-year-old Felipe Melo has been playing in Istanbul since leaving Juventus in 2013.

The trio join Geoffrey Kondogbia, Ivan Perisic, Jeison Murillo, Miranda, Stevan Jovetic and Martin Montoya as major Inter arrivals this summer.

Inter have started their season with back-to-back wins in Serie A, leaving them third behind Chievo and Torino after two matches.

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