Lazio have completed the signing of highly rated Brazilian midfielder Hernanes from Sao Paulo.
The deal has been rumoured to be in the offing for some time, but Sao Paulo only wanted to announce the deal after the conclusion of their Copa Libertadores campaign, which came this week at the semi-final stage.
Lazio will pay a reported 13.5million euros for the 2008 Brazilian player of the year, who has signed a five-year contract with the capital club.
"His contract with the Italian club will last five years," read a statement from the Brazilian club.
The capture of the 25-year-old is a major coup for the Biancocelesti, who flirted with relegation from Serie A last season before a late run of form lifted them up to safety.