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Inter Milan loan Alvaro Pereira to Sao Paulo; Abdisalam Ibrahim eyes imminent move

Internazionale defender Alvaro Pereira has joined Brasileirão side Sao Paulo on an 18-month loan deal.

Internazionale defender Alvaro Pereira has joined Brasileirão side Sao Paulo on an 18-month loan deal, according to the club’s official website.

The Uruguay international, 28, signed for the Nerazzurri in August 2012 for €10 million but has since failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at the San Siro.

Pereira made just two Serie A starts for Inter Milan this season, with manager Walter Mazzarri favouring Brazil international Juan Jesus at left-back.

The 28-year-old defender is absolutely delighted to join a club with a rich history of Uruguayan talent, dating back to the early 1970s when Tricolor signed Pedro Rocha from Peñarol.

“It’s a pleasure and a big responsibility to play here, it will be a big challenge in my career as I want to keep the success Uruguayans have had here,” said Pereira.

“It’s a dream to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, no doubt that it will add a lot to my career. I want to stay here a long time and make the fans happy.”

Pereira, whose current contract at the San Siro expires in the summer of 2016, could join Sao Paulo on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be in the region of €7 million in 18 months.

Uruguay are 28/1 to win the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Abdisalam Ibrahim eyes imminent move

Norway international defensive midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim cannot wait to quit Manchester City in order to resolve his long-term future.

Ibrahim, 22, is expected to be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer this month, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The Norwegian sensation, who helped Stromsgodset win the Tippeligaen last term, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs across Europe, including Fiorentina, Fulham, Hamburg, Nantes, Sevilla, St Etienne, Stuttgart, Swansea and Udinese.

“I just finished with my national training camp in Abu Dhabi and it was good to get a couple of games as well under my belt,” Ibrahim told Sky Sports.

“I’m hoping to sort out my future in the next seven to 10 days. I want to play for a club where I will develop as a player and work with a very good coach who will also improve my game.

“I’m very disappointed how my Man City career is finishing as I believe I wasn’t given enough opportunity to play or even train with the first team.

“I wanted to stay there for the rest of my footballing career.”

Ibrahim made just three first-team appearances for City before being sent out on loan to Scunthorpe , NEC and Strømsgodset.

Tue 21 January, 2014
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