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Former West Brom midfielder signs for Inter Milan to complete journey from Championship to the San Siro

Spanish midfielder Borja Valero joins Inter after five years at Fiorentina

The path from West Brom to Inter Milan isn’t a particularly well trodden one.

But Borja Valero has bravely gone where few before him have travelled after becoming the latest Inter summer signing.

Valero joins Inter from Fiorentina, where he spent five years, for a bargain £5million.

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From West Brom to Milan

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From West Brom to Milan

The 32-year-old signed for West Brom in 2008 but his one and only season in the Midlands ended up in relegation and he returned to Spain.

He’s since played for Mallorca, Villarreal and Fiorentina, before leaving for the capital.

Valero’s move to Inter has been far from straightforward.

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Fiorentina threatened Valero with legal action after an audio message of the Spaniard was leaked on social media, only for the midfielder to claim he’d been forced out of the club.

But his signing will be something of a coup for Inter, despite his age, with Luciano Spalletti requiring a new creative midfielder after Ever Banega joined Sevilla.

Valero won the Don Balon award for the best Spanish player in La Liga in 2010, beating the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Not as good as Valero

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Not as good as Valero

A year later Valero won his one and only cap for Spain, replacing David Silva against the United States.

Inter have been on a recruitment drive as they look to close the gap on Juventus at the top of Serie A.

But they haven’t been anywhere near as active as cross-city rivals AC, who’ve signed Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini.

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