Villarreal have completed the signing of Internacional star Nilmar for €11 million, after club president Fernando Roig confirmed the striker had agreed a five-year-deal. The 5ft 11in goal-getter has shone during his time with the Nação Vermelha, initially netting 16 league goals in 42 outings before returning in 2007, following stints at Lyon and Corinthians, and banging in a further 19 in 35 games. As a result, the 25-year-old, who has been capped eight times by his country including at the recent Confederations Cup in South Africa, has been linked with a move away from his homeland, with Premier League champions Manchester United reportedly expressing an interest in his services earlier this summer. However, Wolfsburg, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Villarreal were also believed to be keen on recruiting him, with the latter now sealing a deal for the Samba sensation that makes him the most expensive signing in the club's history. “He is a great player, with excellent skills and we expect him to give us five years of happiness here,” said Roig, as reported by El Mundo Deportivo. “Hiring Nilmar took a great economic effort from us, the largest amount we have ever paid out. It is a coup for the club to have secured his signature.” NEWS: Bid accepted for Nilmar NEWS: Wolfsburg linked with Nilmar switch NEWS: Internacional refute Nilmar reports
25 July 2009
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