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.

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