Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Inter Milan's official Twitter feed provided news of Medel's unveiling:
Inter have confirmed the capture of Chilean international Gary Medel, signing the midfielder from Cardiff City for a fee of £10 million.
The move has been anticipated for much of the summer transfer window, but BBC Sport confirmed the switch as official on Saturday:
As BBC Wales Sport points out, the deal means that Cardiff take a £1 million loss on the anchor they signed last summer, having been forced to settle as a result of their relegation from the Premier League.
Ex-Inter and Chile striker Ivan Zamorano spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), voicing his support of the signing and claiming that fans of the club will come to love their latest addition:
You’ll love Medel. Knowing Gary, I know he will do well in Italy.
I’m delighted he’s joined the team that will forever be in my heart.
Gary has something of the Paul Ince about him – that ability to be a leader on the pitch, and drag his teammates up a level.
He also reminds me of Cholo Simeone in that respect as well.
Medel was very much viewed as a star-quality signing of intent from the Bluebirds upon his arrival from Sevilla, but the move to Inter will see him join a cast of players more attuned with his standards.
Tom Williams of Agence France-Presse takes note of the quality the Nerazzurri now possess in their engine room, with Medel set to team up with Yann M'Vila, who is on loan from Rubin Kazan:
The 27-year-old Medel has often won fans over with his tenacious style of play, regularly putting his body in harm's way for the greater good of the team, whether it be from a deep-lying midfield position or at centre-back.
Jorge Sampaoli utilises Medel in a mobile three-man defence on international duty, but it's unlikely that Inter chief Walter Mazzarri will field his new acquisition in that role.
That ferocious aspect of Medel should fit in well with his new Serie A surroundings, too, and any fast turnover of possession will fit in well with his profile.
Mazzarri continues to reshape the Inter squad with the intention of building the Nerazzurri back into a team capable of challenging for Scudetto honours.
With that in mind, Medel's introduction could be the kind of move that gets them back among the Italian hierarchy.