Lucio, new player

Inter have formally announced the signing of Bayern Munich and Brazil international centre-back Lucio for a fee believed to be around £4.5m.

The Nerazzurri have been trying to upgrade their defence all summer and shifted their attention to Lucio once Chelsea asked too much for Ricardo Carvalho.

“With all the paperwork now given into the offices of the Lega Nazionale Professionisti this afternoon, the purchase of the Brazilian international captain Lucio is now completed,” a club statement read.

The 31-year-old is certainly proven at the highest level, having won the World Cup in 2002 and Confederations Cup on two occasions.

“We extend our welcome to Lucio, who has signed with the club until June 30, 2012, from everyone at Inter and all our supporters,” the statement concluded.

Jose Mourinho will be particularly pleased with the acquisition as Inter struggled to find a regular centre-back pairing last season because of injuries.

Nedved: “No way!”

“I have decided to stop, at least in Italy,” the Czech veteran told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I thank the people and the clubs who expressed an interest, showed faith in me and were ready to offer another year on the playing field.

“I don’t feel I should wear another jersey different from the one I fought so many battles with over the years.

“For the moment unfortunately I must also decline Juventus’ invite to take on a role as a director or in their coaching staff.”

Playmaker Coutinho

The Brazilian sensation is counting the days until he is allowed to play for the Italian giants…

“I prefer to play near the box and to exchange passes with the strikers and shoot on goal, but I can adapt.

“I have been to Milan twice and Inter treated me very well. I liked it there and I have great memories of the city.”

Inter teenage sensation Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on-loan at Vasco Da Gama, cannot wait until next summer when he will be eligible to play for the Nerazzurri.

Alibec is ours!

Continued success with the research program of the best young talents in Europe by the technical staff of the Nerazzurri youth organization led by sports director Piero Ausilio.

It was called today the purchase outright from ‘FC Farul Constanta Denis Alibec, left-handed attacker, class 1991, which already boasts numerous appearances nell’Under 19 and 21 in Romania.

The player will be part of the second team that the Nerazzurri will be guided by the next season, by Fulvio Pea.

Alibec signed with yet another four years (deadline 30 June 2013).