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Cristian Ledesma’s Agent Reveals Inter Have Signed Palermo Star Fabio Simplicio
The Nerazzurri have turned to the Brazilian after Lazio refused to release Ledesma.
In a shock twist, Serie A champions Inter appear to have once and for all dropped their interest in Lazio playmaker Cristian Ledesma and instead completed the signing of Palermo midfielder Fabio Simplicio.
The revelation came from Ledesma’s agent, Vincenzo D’Ippolito, who had claimed yesterday that his client was nearing a switch to the San Siro.
“It’s not official yet, but we can consider it a done deal: Simplicio is an Inter player,” D’Ippolito has announced on Sky Sport Italia.
“Palermo and the Nerazzurri reached an agreement on Sunday night because [Inter technical director Marco] Branca could not wait any longer for [Lazio President Claudio] Lotito to rubber-stamp Ledesma’s transfer.”
Inter had reportedly tabled an €8.5 million bid plus the services of one of their Primavera players to sign Ledesma, who was frozen out of the Lazio squad after refusing the terms of a new deal last summer.
“Since Inter have signed the Brazilian, it is highly unlikely that they will sign Cristian too,” sighed the representative.
“The lad is devastated and can’t stand it any longer. I can rule out that he will sign a contract extension. Lotito has said he does not intent to release the player in exchange for that bid, despite being aware that Ledesma can free himself at the end of the season by invoking Article 17.”
Simplicio's contract with Palermo is set to run out in the summer and there had been suggestions the former Sao Paulo man had already agreed terms with Roma.