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Official: Inter sign Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid & set to sign Lazio's Mauro Zarate


Atletico Madrid
Diego Forlan
Position: Attacker
Fee: Undisclosed
Contract: Jun 2013


Inter have completed the transfer of Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee. The experienced attacker has signed a contract until the summer of 2013 with the Serie A powerhouse.

The Giuseppe Meazza side were in the market for attacking reinforcements because of the departure of Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala and they have now found their man in the 32-year-old Forlan.

Forlan travelled to Milan earlier this week and voiced his ambition to help the club achieve their goals.

"I am happy to be here, Inter are a very important club, with great players," Forlan told Sky Sport 24.

"I am very thankful to [Inter] president [Massimo] Moratti. I have already spoken with [Esteban] Cambiasso, [Diego] Milito and [Javier] Zanetti and they have told me they are happy with me coming.

"I want to play well and win, I promise all the Inter fans I will do my best to help the club reach their goals."

Forlan previously wore the jerseys of Independiente, Manchester United and Villarreal before joining Atletico in 2007.

The Coppa Italia holders aren't done in the transfer market just yet though as they are also close to signing Lazio attacker Mauro Zarate on a one-year loan deal, Sky Sport 24 reports.

Lazio have allegedly accepted Inter's €2 million offer for the services of Zarate on a one-year deal with the option to make the move permanent at the end of his spell for a set fee.

Zarate has a contract until the summer of 2014 with Lazio, but the Argentine was keen to move on because of the stiff competition for a spot in the starting XI following the arrivals of Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse.