Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Inter defender Marco Andreolli on a season-long loan.
The centre-back, 29, joined the Nerazzurri on a free transfer in 2013 but has featured only 19 times since then, and was not considered part of Roberto Mancini’s plans for 2015-16.
There were reports in Italy that he might join Fiorentina but, on transfer deadline day for La Liga and Serie A, Andreolli joined the Europa League holders with an option to purchase at the end of the season.
“Sevilla and Inter have reached an agreement for the loan-and-possible-purchase of Marco Andreolli,” the club said in a statement on Monday.
“The Italian centre-back, 29, has played the last two seasons for the Nerazzurri without having enjoyed many opportunities. Last season he played 13 official matches in Serie A.
“Despite not being a regular, Andreolli was one of the heavyweights in the dressing room and one of the team’s leaders.”
Andreolli – whose contract at Inter expires next June – joins Steven N’Zonzi, Iago Aspas, Fernando Llorente, Ciro Immobile and Yevhen Konoplyanka among the new recruits for Unai Emery’s men.