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Crespo steps in for Ronaldo

Internazionale FC have signed S.S. Lazio striker Hernán Crespo as a replacement for Ronaldo.

Registered player 
The Serie A club, who confirmed Ronaldo's departure for Real Madrid CF for an estimated €45m late on Saturday evening, have registered Crespo with the Lega Calcio as their player although it is not certain whether he has yet signed a contract at the San Siro.

Personal terms 
The player's agent, Fernando Hidalgo, said this afternoon that the deal was close to completion, with Crespo talking to Internazionale regarding personal terms.

Part exchange 
Hidalgo had earlier said the transfer was off, but Inter moved quickly to turn around the situation. A fee of €20m, plus striker Bernardo Corradi, has reportedly been agreed between the clubs - although that was not confirmed by either.

Early registration 
Because Crespo was registered as an Inter player before the midnight transfer deadline, the deal appears to be on the verge of going through and is expected to be completed tomorrow or on Monday.