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Moratti denies Adriano is bait for Cannavaro

Saturday 25th May 2002

Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has denied that Adriano's move to Parma will see Fabio Cannavaro moving in the opposite direction.

"The Adriano deal is not connected to any other moves between Inter and Parma. They made a good offer and we took it," said Moratti.

Parma have bought a 50 per cent stake in the Brazilian youngster over one year, with the option of signing him permanently next summer.

However Moratti has denied that the deal is a prelude to Italy defender Cannavaro joining the Nerazzuri, explaining that the club's priorities lie elsewhere.

"We are looking to sign a left-back," he revealed. "There is no rush, and I have to speak to Hector Cuper to find out who he has in mind, which player will be a good all-round deal.

"The Adriano move was such a good all-round deal. We have a good relationship with Gialloblu, and this has confirmed it.

"All Italian teams are looking for money, and this is the reason for our co-operation with Parma.

"Parma's offer was good, and now Adriano can go to a club where he can continue his development."

Slovakian left-back Vratislav Gresko's performances attracted much criticism in the second-half of the season, and Inter fans still blame him for the mistake he made in the final game of the season, gifting Lazio's Karel Poborsky the goal that ended the club's Scudetto hopes.

Brazil's Roberto Carlos had been rumoured to be returning to the San Siro, but Moratti will wait for developments in the financial situation before funding any big-money moves.
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