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From Portuguese to Italian champions, Ricardo Quaresma has finally completed his long awaited move to Serie A to join Jose Mourinho at the Milan giants one day after the team played their first league game of the season.

Nerazzurri supporters have patiently waited for the stars' arrival, expecting the transfer of the Portuguese speedster after the player had been linked to the Scudetto holders throughout the summer. With the transfer window on the verge of closing the player has swapped his blue and white stripes for the Inter black and blue.

Perhaps Inter’s draw yesterday was enough to prompt Moratti to spend the necessary cash to free Quaresma from his Porto shackles, but the deal is done, awaiting only an official announcement from the two clubs involved.

The fee is believed to be in the region of 18 million euros to be paid in three installments, plus Portuguese youngster Pele, though it will be little compensation should the player replicate his successes in Italy.

A team that is challenging for the Champions League may have been a big motivational factor for Quaresma, an advantage that the Italian outfit certain has over the Portuguese champions.

Other pull factors include the Portuguese head coach of the Nerazzurri, Mourinho, as well as a winning start to the campaign after Inter wrapped up the Italian Supercup a week ago. Inter fans will be delighted with this recent revelation.

Peter Pedroncelli