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Transfer wrap: Forlan completes Inter switch, Diego to Atletico

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 Aug 2011

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Copa America winner Diego Forlan has finalised his five-million-euro deal to Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Uruguay stiker Forlan, 32, heads to the San Siro on a two-year deal from La Liga club Atletico Madrid, with whom he won the Europa League in 2010.

Inter strengthened their attacking options further on Wednesday with the capture of Argentine striker Mauro Zarate on a season-long loan from Serie A rivals Lazio.

The 24-year-old departs Rome after the arrivals of Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse reduced his chances of making Edy Reja’s first team.

Atletico have somewhat compensated for the loss of Forlan by sealing a loan deal for Wolfsburg midfielder Diego.

The Brazilian playmaker has agreed to a season-long switch to the Spanish capital just one year after arriving at Wolfsburg from Juventus.

Diego, who cost the Bundesliga club 15.5 million euros, endured a frustrating campaign at the Volkswagen Arena and became surplus to requirements at the club after a spat with coach Felix Magath.

“I am convinced that Diego will play a prominent role at Atletico. I wish him well,” Magath told Wolfsburg’s website.

Magath has brought in Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb as Diego’s replacement, after striking a loan deal with La Liga and European champions Barcelona.

The 30-year-old former Arsenal player, under contract with Barcelona until 2012, has spent loan spells at Stuttgart and Birmingham over the last two seasons.

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