Inter Milan are on the verge of signing Argentine Ricky Alvarez after the 23-year-old arrived for a medical on Thursday.Alvarez is set to join the Serie A giants from Argentine side Velez Sarfield in a deal rumoured to be worth 12 million euros.
Inter had to fend off interest from Arsenal and Rom before eventually winning the battle for Alvarez’s services, and were understandably delighted.
A statement on Inter’s official website read: “Shortly after 10:30 this morning (Friday), Ricardo Gabriel Alvarez, or Ricky as he has been dubbed, arrived at Linate airport on a flight from London.”
“The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder, who holds an Italian passport, is a natural talent and although he has been courted by all of the major European teams, Inter directors have managed to bring him to Italy with a Nerazzurri scarf already around his neck.”
The left-footer is capable of playing in multiple positions in midfield, and was impressive during Velez’s recent Copa Libertadores campaign
Speaking of his arrival in Italy, Alvarez added: “This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to start this wonderful adventure.”
“I would like to win anything because that would be really special for me.”
In other transfer news, Charlie Adam has completed his move to Liverpool, putting pen to paper on a long-term deal at Anfield.
Liverpool announced on Thursday they had agreed to terms with Blackpool for the transfer of the 25-year-old, with the deal thought to be worth around 7.5 million pounds.
“I am absolutely delighted to be here,” Adam told the club’s official website. “It has been a long process but now I can’t wait to get started and hopefully this will be a successful period in my career and in the club’s history.”
“Liverpool is a massive club with terrific players and a terrific manager.”
The Reds are also close to an agreement with Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni, with the 31-year-old in the final stages of hammering out personal terms with the Merseyside outfit.
Elsewhere in England, Fulham have reportedly agreed to a fee for Roma left-back John Arne Riise.
Riise, 30, made his name during a seven year stint with Liverpool, and would link up with younger brother Bjorn Helge in West London if the deal goes ahead.
Injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate has been released by Tottenham, while Wigan have re-signed veteran goalkeeper Mike Pollitt for another 12 months.
Championship side Portsmouth have signed Derby County striker Luke Varney for an undisclosed fee.
Varney, 28, netted five goals during a loan spell in the Premier League with Blackpool last season.