Inter snap up Nagatomo
Inter Milan have signed Juto Nagatomo on loan from Cesena, with Davide Santon moving in the opposite direction.
By Nadia Carminat & Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 31/01/11 7:33pm
Inter Milan have beaten the transfer deadline to sign Juto Nagatomo on loan from Cesena until the end of the season, with Davide Santon moving in the opposite direction.
The Nerazzurri have made no secret of their desire to bring in a new left-back and have been linked with a number of players, including Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
Nagatomo was also identified as a possible target after a series of sparkling performances in an otherwise disappointing campaign for relegation-threatened Cesena.
And the 24-year-old has now sealed a six-month move to the reigning European champions.
Nagatomo, who only joined promoted Cesena from FC Tokyo at the start of the season, played in Japan's 1-0 Asian Cup final triumph over Australia on Saturday.
Champion of Asia
His cross set up Tadanari Lee's stunning volley for the extra-time win of former Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni's Blue Samurai.
"The champion of Asia arrives from Cesena, who have received Davide Santon as part of the deal, also on loan," read an Inter statement.
Santon also plies his trade at full-back and his arrival at Cesena will fill the void left by Nagatomo's departure