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Inter make deal in last hour of window

Believe it or not, it wasn’t for a defensive player.

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As the hours ticked down on the summer transfer window, Inter Milan said good-bye to Gabriel Barbosa as he was loaned out to Benfica. Full-back Cristian Ansaldi was also loaned to Torino on a two-year deal with an obligation to buy.

But, the Nerazzurri did bring one player into the San Siro as French youth Yann Karamoh became an Inter player on a two-year loan from Caen with an obligation to buy.

Karamoh, who was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to France at the age of two, started as a youth player for Racing Club de France and joined Caen in 2015.

In his second season, he played in 35 Ligue One games and a French Cup match. He scored five goals and added four assists. He also represented France in U-21 play.

The deal for Karamoh went back and forth from Wednesday on as Inter initially walked away from the deal because of Caen’s asking price.

Caen was asking for €8 million and reported the deal is for €6 million

“I’m very happy to be at Inter,” Karamoh told Sky Sport Italia. “My inspiration is Neymar, he’s my favourite [sic] player.”

According to the club, Karamoh will wear No. 17 as his jersey number.

“Caen are a difficult club to negotiate with, they’ve sold good players in the past,” Karamoh’s agent Oscar Damiani said to Football-Italia. “It wasn’t easy, but Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini were determined to get him and there was his conviction to come here, despite the fact a lot of teams wanted him.”

In terms of the overall window, Sporting Director Piero Ausilio said there were no regrets by management in the window. He said the team took Andrea Ranocchia off the market and that the team had an agreement with Arsenal defender Shokodran Mustafi, “but then the player turned us down.”

No reason was given for why Mustafi shunned a deal with Inter.

In all, during the window the Nerazzurri acquired goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from Torino, midfielders Borja Valero and Matias Vecino from Fiorentina, defenders Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria, Dalbert from Nice and Joao Cancelo from Valencia. The club also fended off an overture from Manchester United for Ivan Perisic to keep the winger.

They also parted ways with Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia as part of deal for Cancelo), Jonathan Biabiany (Sparta Praha), Jeison Murillo (Valencia), Gabriel Barbosa (Benfica), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Gary Medel (Besiktas), Éver Banega (Sevilla), Stevan Jovetic (Monaco) and Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria) — which Inter got €12 million for in a transfer deal.