“Radja Nainggolan is officially a new Inter player,” a statement on the Nerazzurri’s website reads.
“Now, having fully matured as a player, it’s time for the Ninja to approach a new and exciting challenge in an Inter shirt. Welcome to the city of Milan, Radja!”
While Inter have been saying that Nainggolan, who signed a four-year contract, cost around €24m, Roma have put the initial value of the transfer at €38m, which will include the value of the two players they get in exchange.
“AS Roma can confirm that a deal has been agreed with Inter Milan for the permanent transfer of midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
“Nainggolan, 30, joins the Nerazzurri for an initial fee of €38m.
“In the case of Nainggolan’s future transfer, the agreement also includes a sell-on clause entitling the Giallorossi to 10 per cent of any fee received by Inter – up to a maximum of €2m.
“The club would like to place on record its gratitude to Nainggolan, and wishes him well for the future.”
Inter boss Luciano Spalletti believes that Nainggolan was the man his team were missing last season:
“He is the turbine we were missing from our engine,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.
“The fact that as soon as he was on the market, he chose to come to Inter is an important sign for us.
“He can do well. He has the character to go against any opponent. He is a ninja. He fights with everyone on any field.”
Nainggolan has been a key part of the Roma side since joining in 2014 from Cagliari and was instrumental in the club’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season. He appeared in 42 matches last season across all competitions, scoring six goals and registering six assists as Roma finished the Serie A season in third.