Inter secure Coutinho coup
Tuesday 22 July, 2008
Inter have snapped up Brazilian teenage prodigy Philippe Coutinho from Vasco da Gama and sold Sebastian Ribas to Dijon.
Vasco da Gama have announced that they struck a £3m deal
to hand the 16-year-old attacking midfielder to the Nerazzurri.
However, due to the Italian laws on younger players, he will not be able to play in Serie A until he turns 18, so he'll remain in Brazil on loan at his current club until the end of 2009.
It is quite a coup for Inter, as Coutinho had also been courted by the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In fact, Vasco had reported Real to FIFA for what they claimed were “very tempting but illegal offers” to the player's family in February.
In other news, they have reduced their youth contingent by selling 20-year-old Uruguayan Sebastian Cesar Helios Ribas to French club Dijon.
He first caught their eye in the Viareggio youth tournament in 2006 and in his first season with the Primavera side scored 17 goals in 23 games.
Ribas spent half of last term in Serie B on loan at Spezia and made one Serie A appearance for Inter.