Danilo D'Ambrosio to Inter Milan: The Nerazzurri Acquire Torino Defender

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

LIVORNO, ITALY - OCTOBER 30:  Danilo D'Ambrosio of Torino in action the Serie A match between AS Livorno Calcio v Torino FC at Stadio Armando Picchi on October 30, 2013 in Livorno, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan have announced the signing of full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio from Torino, as revealed on the club's official website

Danilo D'Ambrosio is now an Inter player. The relevant documentation was submitted to the Lega Serie A offices this morning, confirming the defender's move from Torino to the Nerazzurri. The Neapolitan, 25, has signed a deal until 30 June 2018.

D'Ambrosio makes the move after spending four years at Torino, signing a four-and-a-half year deal at the San Siro, per Enis Koylu of Goal.com.

The defender has enjoyed an excellent season with Giampiero Ventura's surprise package, making 14 appearances during the club's ascension to eighth in Serie A, per WhoScored.com.

D'Ambrosio even scored an important opener during side's 2-2 draw with AC Milan on Sept. 14. He followed this by breaking the deadlock inside two minutes during the game with Bologna just eight days later.

NAPLES, ITALY - OCTOBER 27: Danilo D'Ambrosio (L) of Torino challenges Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC at Stadio San Paolo on October 27, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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These memorable performances represent Torino's season well, as Ventura's squad continue to charge toward a stint in European football next year. The club are just one point behind Inter, who have struggled into fourth place without excelling themselves this campaign.

D'Ambrosio will be hoping the move could heighten his chances of making it into Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, but he is yet to make his full international debut. Despite representing the Azzurri's Under-21 side, he remains overlooked at the highest level.

Inter's new signing will help plug the gap left by Alvaro Pereira, who recently joined Sao Paulo on loan, per Sky Sports. D'Ambrosio is strongest in the left-back position, but his attacking instincts ensure he can play further up the pitch if needed. At times, he has also been pushed over to the right.

BOLOGNA, ITALY - APRIL 06:  Saphir Taider # 6 of Bologna FC ( R ) competes the ball with Danilo D'Ambrosio # 3 of Torino FC during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Torino FC at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on April 6, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by
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The exciting player has averaged 2.1 tackles per match this season, as recorded by WhoScored.com. He keenly runs past the opposition and has completed 1.4 successful dribbles each game, but he isn't the most accurate deliverer of crosses.

Indeed, D'Ambrosio averages just 0.4 successful knocks into the area for every performance.

He is the first signing since Erik Thohir completed a financial takeover at the club, per CNN. As noted by Cristiano Acconci of WhoScored.com, if D'Ambrosio proves to be as successful as Massimo Moratti's opening transfer, there's plenty for Inter fans to get excited about:

Walter Mazzarri may throw D'Ambrosio straight into his starting lineup for the Feb. 2 trip to Juventus, an action that certainly would launch the new signing right in at the deep end.