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Inter set for double defender swoop

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Inter have signed Brazilian centre-back Joao Miranda from Atletico Madrid

Hot on the heels of rivals AC Milan strengthening their squad, Inter are busy building for next season after signing Brazilian defender Joao Miranda from Atletico Madrid, with a fee not yet being revealed. The centre-back has signed a three-year deal with Inter.

The 30-year-old centre-back has played a crucial part in Los Rojiblancos rise to prominence in La Liga and European football.

He formed a solid partnership with fellow South American Diego Godin in season 2013/14 to help Atleti to the Spanish title and also the Champions League final.

Miranda had previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United mooted as potential suitors in the past.

It seems Miranda will not be the only new arrival from La Liga at Inter this summer, as Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya is close to sealing a two-year loan deal with the Nerazzurri.

It is being reported that the deal will involve an option for Inter to purchase the 24-year-old for a fee of around £5.5million at any time in his loan spell. There were high hopes at Barcelona that Montoya would be become a regular first team player.

However, Brazilian full-back Dani Alves’ presence at right-back has restricted Montoya’s chances of regular first team football at the Nou Camp.

The Nerazzurri finished eighth in the Serie A last season and missed out on European football. Roberto Mancini and his team will be hoping for a much improved 2015/16 campaign.

Can Inter get back into Europe next season?

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