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Wednesday August 31 2011
Moratti welcomes Zarate and Forlan

Massimo Moratti explains how Inter pushed through Mauro Zarate and Diego Forlan on transfer deadline day. “We've got great players.”

The Nerazzurri spent little of the €27m they earned from selling Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi, as Forlan arrived from Atletico Madrid for around €5m and Lazio loaned Zarate for €2.7m.

“Zarate came about after a phone call with Lazio President Claudio Lotito this morning,” revealed Moratti on the official Inter website.

“It seemed to me that, with a bit of debate, we reached a solution that allowed us to take him for this season and evaluate the permanent move. He's a lovely lad, I met him today, and he's very happy to be an Inter player.

“Now everything is in the hands of the Coach, but we've got great players.”

Lazio had been determined not to release Zarate for less than €20m cash, but instead Inter have him on loan with an option to buy for €15.5m.

There were fears the Nerazzurri would be weakened by selling Eto'o, but the arrival of these two South Americans has assuaged some of those concerns.

“In my view, and I say that as a fan, we have a very strong and interesting squad. There are some new players to be discovered and that is part of football that excites me. We also have many tactical options open to us, so I think it has certainly been a positive summer.

“Gian Piero Gasperini wanted a wide attacker, so Zarate is certainly closer to that style. It is important to have a side that gives the midfield and defence security, so we can then be more spectacular in attack.

“Forlan is one of those champions who makes the fans dream, while Wesley Sneijder stayed with Inter because he wanted to.

“I was optimistic a few days ago, but now we have completed the squad, I'm even more so,” concluded President Moratti.

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