transfer market: Inter sells maxwell & got lucio

Early this evening our first signing of the summer, Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino Andrade, was presented at Camp Nou. Maxwell may not have provoked the same excitement amongst fans as some of the bigger names but I am confident he will turn out to be a very good signing. At the press conference Maxwell said that today "is one of the happiest days of my life". Let's wish him all the best for his time at Barça. Meanwhile the Ibrahimovic/Eto'o deal has still not been confirmed. It seems the clubs have reached an agreement but now the players need to agree terms.

After weeks of waiting it appears that Barça have made their first signing of the summer. According to the club's website an agreement has been reached with Inter Milan for the purchace of Brazilian left back Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino Andrade. Barça will pay €4.5 million with a possible further €0.5 million for variables and Maxwell will sign until 2014. Maxwell will be 28 in August and before joining Inter he played for Cruziero and Ajax.

The option of buying Filipe Luis from Deportivo was deemed to expensive, so it is Maxwell who will replace Sylvinho and now compete with Eric Abidal for the left back position. While we may all have been hoping for a bigger name like Villa or Ribery we should remember that so far only Sylvinho has left the club so it makes sense to find a substitute. Maxwell is an attacking full back who can also play further forward if needed.

Bayern Munich have confirmed the sale of defender Lucio to Inter Milan. The Brazilian will put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Italian champions, according to the German club's general manager Uli Hoeness. "Lucio is transferring immediately to Inter Milan and will receive a three-year contract there," he said at a press conference today. "The clubs have reached an agreement and the player is also in agreement with Inter." Lucio is transferring immediately to Inter Milan. The clubs have reached an agreement and the player is also in agreement with Inter.

Lucio admitted that he shed a tear after leaving Bayern Munich yesterday to join Inter Milan. The Brazilian defender today arrived in Milan to undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Italian club. He will then fly to Los Angeles, where I Nerazzurri are currently based for a pre-season training camp. He said his goodbyes to staff in Munich yesterday only hours after returning to the city for the first time having led Brazil to glory at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and he admitted it was an emotional occasion. "I had an unforgettable time for five years here, was able to win many titles and I will never forget that," he told Munich's Tz newspaper. I had an unforgettable time for five years here, was able to win many titles and I will never forget that. "[General manager] Uli Hoeness' secretary has always helped me and became a very good friend - she has a big heart and is very kind. She cried when I left and I did too."

Lucio is now due to undergo a medical in Lombardy before all the transfer formalities can be completed. The 31-year-old's future at Bayern had been in doubt since new coach Louis van Gaal arrived and hinted it may be difficult for him to earn a regular place in his team. The Dutch coach warned nobody could be given a guaranteed starting berth and Lucio's late return to pre-season training, due to his involvement for Brazil at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa, could have put him at a disadvantage compared to his team-mates. And Hoeness confirmed Lucio had made it clear he wanted to leave after leading his country to glory in South Africa. "He knew that he wanted to leave the club since the Confederations Cup," explained the former Bayern playmaker. Lucio joined the Bavarian giants from Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in 2004 and played 144 times for the record German champions, scoring seven goals.

Bayern and Inter have agreed on an undisclosed fee for the transfer of a player whose contract was due to expire next summer. While leaving Munich was a difficult decision, Lucio claimed it was inevitable after learning he would not be given more than a one-year extension to his contract next year. At the age of 31, he required more long-term security, which is what the Italian champions were able to offer him. "Inter really wanted me, Bayern didn't. A new stage in my life begins from now," he said. "When Inter's offer came in, it made my decision easy. Inter are a giant and it is going to be spectacular for me. "Football is like this: sometimes it is sad, but you cannot always agree on everything. I have built up respect here because I always gave everything for Bayern."

(source: oleole,


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