Football: Inter Milan sign midfielders Felipe Melo and Adem Ljajic

Felipe Melo (left) and Adem Ljajic.
Felipe Melo (left) and Adem Ljajic.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/FELIPE MELO & FACEBOOK/ADEM LJAJIC

MILAN (AFP) - Inter Milan have bolstered their new-look midfield by capturing Brazilian veteran Felipe Melo and Bosnian Adem Ljajic from Galatasaray and Roma respectively, the Serie A club announced on Monday.

Reports in Italy claimed Melo, who played for Brazil in the 2010 World Cup Finals but has not played since as he bore the brunt of the blame for their exit at the hands of the Netherlands in the quarter-finals when he was sent off, signed the contract in Turkey and it was then emailed to Inter, who deposited it before the transfer deadline.

No financial details were revealed but reports claim 32-year-old Melo cost Inter €3.5 million (S$5.6 million). Earlier the club had announced the arrival of out-of-favour Roma forward Ljajic on a season-long loan deal, reportedly for €2 million with an option to buy outright set at an additional €9 million in 2016.

Ljajic joined Roma on a four-year deal worth €11 million two seasons ago from Fiorentina but has arguably moved down the squad pecking order following the arrival of Mohamed Salah, Iago Falque and Bosnian teammate Edin Dzeko.

Melo and Ljajic, 23, are the latest additions to a new-look Inter midfield coach Roberto Mancini is assembling following the departure of Mateo Kovacic and Hernanes.

Creative midfielder Kovacic moved to Real Madrid earlier this summer and Brazilian attacking midfielder Hernanes was set to sign for Juventus after agreeing terms on Monday.

As well as Melo and Ljajic, Inter have signed French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, defenders Jeison Murillo and Miranda, striker Stevan Jovetic and Martin Montoya.

Inter sit third in Italian Serie A, behind Torino and leaders Chievo, after back-to-back wins.