One-time €10m Spurs and Chelsea target off to Brazil for 18-month loan

Inter Milan

Alvaro Pereira has put an end to his underwhelming time at Inter with a switch to Sao Paulo.

There are seemingly a number of players on their way out of Inter this January, with the likes of Fredy Guarin, Andrea Ranocchia and Yuto Nagatomo mentioned as possible transfer targets for other clubs.

One man that has had his exit from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza confirmed is Alvaro Pereira, who has joined Brazilian side Sao Paulo on an 18-month loan deal.

The arrangement includes an option for the South American outfit to purchase the Uruguay international at the end of the temporary spell for €7 million.

Pereira, who only featured in five Serie A games this season for Inter, has spoken of his happiness at the move.

“It is a pleasure and a great responsibility for me to play here,” the versatile left-back said.

“It is going to be a major challenge for my career, because I want to continue the success of Uruguay players who have made history with Sao Paulo.

“It is a dream for me to defend the colours of one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am sure that this will add a lot to my career.

“I want to stay here for a long time and give joy to the fans.”

Pereira shot to fame as part of the Porto side that won the Europa League in a momentous treble under Andre Villas-Boas in 2010-11. The Urugayan was heavily linked with both Tottenham and Chelsea, before signing for Inter in the summer of 2012.

Since falling out of favour at the Serie A outfit, Spurs and Swansea have both been reported with an interest in the left-footed star, who can play as a full-back or winger.

England fans will have an eye on how Pereira gets on in Brazil, as the 28-year-old is very likely to face Roy Hodgson’s men at next summer’s World Cup.

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