FC Internazionale Milano have completed the €13m transfer of Romania captain Cristian Chivu from AS Roma, with Marco Andreolli travelling the other way.
FC Internazionale Milano have completed the signing of Romania captain Cristian Chivu after protracted negotiations with AS Roma.
The 26-year-old centre-back has joined the Italian champions in exchange for a reported €13m transfer fee as well as Italy Under-21 defender Marco Andreolli. Chivu has signed a contract with the Nerazzurri until the summer of 2011.
"I am going to Inter – it is a life choice," he told a news conference in Rome. "I have had four marvellous years with Roma, where I have grown up as a player and as a man. Roma will always have a special place in my heart but I have decided to try a new experience."
Chivu moved to Roma from AFC Ajax in 2003, costing €18m, and was an integral part of the Giallorossi side when fit. The former CSM Resita and FC Universitatea Craiova defender made 85 Serie A appearances for the club and won the Coppa Italia last season. He also featured eight times in the UEFA Champions League last term as Roma reached the quarter-finals. Chivu collected his 50th Romania cap in a UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against Slovenia last month.
The 21-year-old Andreolli travels in the opposite direction as part of the deal, with Roma gaining half of his playing licence and acquiring the player on a four-year contract. The centre-half played four league games for Inter in 2006/07 and was ever-present for Italy at the UEFA European U21 Championship in the Netherlands in June. Both he and Chivu will get the chance to meet their old team-mates when Inter take on Roma in the Italian Super Cup on 19 August.