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Inter Confirm Signing Hernanes to Deal Through 2018

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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Inter have wrapped up the purchase of Brazilian midfielder Hernanes, who moves to the club from Lazio for an undisclosed fee.

The Nerazzurri confirmed the news on their official website, which states that the deal runs until the summer of 2018.

It may have taken until transfer deadline day to officially complete the move, but the Serie A giants have struck a major deal in bringing the 28-year-old to the San Siro.

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 19:  Hernanes #8 of Brazil tries to get a shot past Claudio Bravo #1 of Chile during a friendly match at Rogers Centre on November 19, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.Brazil defeated Chile 2-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Hernanes arrived in Rome from Sao Paolo in 2010. He made more than 100 appearances for Lazio, scoring 33 goals and making 16 assists, per Transfermarkt.

Such was the deep bond that the creative midfielder had developed with the capital club, Hernanes was pictured crying as he left, in the knowledge that he had made his last appearance for the Biancazzurri:

However, it's now Inter who will benefit from his playmaking ability, which has been of a magnificently consistent level in recent years.

WhoScored.com show one aspect of the South American that continues to dazzle, his scoring ability from outside the box not second to any in Serie A over the last 18 months:

This latest acquisition comes just a day after Inter confirmed the capture of full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio from Torino, per Goal.com.

Walter Mazzarri is striving to get his side back to the glory days of an era gone past, with Inter having failed to finish among Italy's top four for the last two seasons.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Yannick Bolasie of Palace battles with Hernanes of Lazio during a Pre Season Friendly between Crystal Palace and Lazio at Selhurst Park on August 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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With Hernanes pulling the strings behind their attack, the club will be hoping that the likes of Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi and Diego Milito can hit some finer scoring form.

The central figure joins an Inter side that currently sits eight points off fourth-placed Fiorentina, this Sunday's fixture against Juventus being the ideal time in which he could ignite any form of revival.

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