Inter brings back Biraghi with Sanchez set to follow

Alexis Sanchez's signing is seemingly imminent but Inter has continued its recruitment elsewhere by bringing back Cristiano Biraghi.

Italy defender Cristiano Biraghi.   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Biraghi has re-signed for Inter from Fiorentina, the Serie A giant has confirmed. A product of Inter's youth system, the left-back has joined on an initial loan deal with an option to buy at the end of this season.

Brazilian defender Dalbert has moved in the opposite direction, also on loan.

Biraghi, 26, will hope it is a case of third time lucky for him at San Siro, having left to join Cittadella and Pescara in 2012 and 2016, respectively. He penned a four-year deal on his return to Inter from Cittadella, on the other side of a loan to Catania, in 2014, but was handed temporary spells at Chievo and Granada before being moved on again.

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Impressive displays in Pescara's ultimately failed battle against Serie A relegation in 2016-17 caught the eye of Fiorentina and Biraghi has chalked up 70 top-flight appearances over the past two seasons. Last September, he earned a call-up to Roberto Mancini's national team and has five Italy caps — scoring a maiden goal to secure a 1-0 stoppage-time win over Poland in the Nations League.

Inter won its first competitive game under Antonio Conte 4-0 against Leece on Monday, with record signing Romelu Lukaku and fellow new arrival Stefano Sensi on target.

Biraghi's arrival continues a busy transfer window for the Nerazzurri, with the club expected to add Alexis Sanchez on loan from Manchester United.

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