Parma have signed Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus on loan for the season.
Giovinco, 23, has been linked with a number of Serie A clubs, but reports suggest Parma have paid around £500,000 to take the player on loan for the season. Parma will then have the option to secure a co-ownership agreement next summer.
“Giovinco is now a Parma player and we are very happy,” general manager Pietro Leonardi told Sky Sport Italia. “It is a loan with the right to buy up half his contract. There will be no need to negotiate with Juventus next summer, as the buy-out price has already been decided.
“Our coach, Pasquale Marino, is enthusiastic about this player, but never wanted to say so publicly. We wanted to work in the shadows while possible, as he really will improve our squad a great deal.
“I’ve known him for some time and I’m sure he’ll do some remarkable things here. Both Alessandro Diamanti and Hatem Ben Arfa are good players, but considering the characteristics of the side, Giovinco was the absolute best we could want.
“I think that with Giovinco we can say our transfer market is effectively closed.”