Inter Milan have signed Brazilian teenage prodigy Philippe Coutinho from Vasco de Gama for 3.8 million euros, the Ansa news agancy said on Wednesday.
Ansa quoted Vasco vice-president Manuel Fontes from an interview he gave to Brazilian agency Estado.
He said forward Coutinho will remain at the Rio de Janeiro-based club on loan until the end of June 2010.
Fontes said a deal had been concluded with Inter president Massimo Moratti in mid-June.
Inter are also rumoured to be chasing the signature of another young Brazilian striker, Dentinho of Corinthians.
Sources in Brazil claim a deal will soon be finalised along similar lines to the Coutinho agreement, allowing Dentinho to say at Corinthians for another year or two on loan.