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Kovačić among Inter's four new arrivals

Thursday 31 January 2013 19.41 CET
Mateo Kovačić appeared in all of Dinamo Zagreb's UEFA Champions League group stage games

FC Internazionale Milano have secured the signings of midfielders Zdravko Kuzmanović and Mateo Kovačić, winger Ezequiel Schelotto and goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo.

Serbian international Kuzmanović joins from VfB Stuttgart for a reported fee of €2m, signing a contract which ties him to Inter until 2017. The 25-year-old former FC Basel 1893 midfielder returns to Serie A having scored three goals in 70 Serie A games for ACF Fiorentina between 2007 and 2009. "I'm glad to be joining a great side like Inter," he said. "I look forward to meeting my new team-mates."

Kovačić, 18, arrives from GNK Dinamo Zagreb for a fee that could reportedly rise to €15m. He appeared in all six of Dinamo's UEFA Champions League group stage games this season. The Croatian Under-21 international has penned a contract until 2017 with the Nerazzurri. "It's a dream for me," he said. "I will do everything to make our fans happy."

Schelotto, meanwhile, comes in from Atalanta BC for around €3.5m plus Marko Livaja, scorer of four UEFA Europa League goals this term. Inter, however, have retained 50% of the Croatian striker's playing licence. Schelotto, a 23-year-old right winger, formerly at AC Cesena and Calcio Catania, made his Azzurri debut in August, figuring as a substitute in a 2-1 friendly defeat of England.

Inter have also recruited goalkeeper Carrizo from S.S. Lazio on a two-year deal. The 28-year-old will deputise for Samir Handanovič after Luca Castellazzi suffered a shoulder injury.

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