Inter Milan have followed up the transfer of Stevan Jovetic on loan to Sevilla by completing their own loan move for Roberto Gagliardini.
The deal for the 22-year-old Atalanta central midfielder will run until 2018, when it is understood that the Milan club will make the move a permanent pending appearances.
Inter announced the deal on Twitter:
The move was completed after delays, which protracted the deal with Football Italia reporting that the initial loan fee is €2m, while the signing could be made permanent for around €20m at the end of the season.
"I'm delighted to be an Inter player," Gagliardini said on Inter's official website.
"This is a dream come true. I can't wait to get to work with the coach [Stefano] Pioli, to get to know my new teammates and obviously to wear this shirt at the San Siro, in front of Inter's fans.
"I hope I can make my contribution to the team reaching the prestigious objectives that this club deserves."
As aforementioned, Inter had recently let disgruntled forward Stefan Jovetic leave the club and join Spanish outfit Sevilla on loan; whether this had any bearing on the Gagliardini signing is unclear, but the fact they play in different positions is perhaps an indication it's not.
Indeed, the Milan-based outfit appear to have been after Gagliardini for a while now and will surely be delighted they've finally secured his signature.