Fiorentina confirm capture of former River Plate defender Germán Pezzella


Days after signing Giovanni Simeone, Fiorentina have added one of his former River Plate teammates, German Pezzella after the 26-year-old defender completed a one-year loan deal from Real Betis on Friday.

After a slow start to the window, the Serie A club are now making moves in the transfer market and it is understood that Pezzella has joined on a temporary deal with the option to make it permanent for €10 million in June 2018.

Having made 36 appearances for Betis last season the La Liga club were loath to lose the Argentinian but after requesting a move away, a deal with Fiorentina was struck.

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, vice-sporting director of the Spanish club said: “Betis view [Pezzella] as an asset and we don’t want to lose him.

“The player had a conversation with the coach and came to the conclusion that he wanted to leave and he then requested to do so. When a player asks to leave for the good of everybody we look for a temporary loan deal.”

Despite not being the tallest of defenders, Pezzella is a strong aerial presence and an aggressive, relatively no nonsense centre back. Considered one of River Plate’s brightest academy prospects, a regular starting place often eluded the youngster but that didn’t prevent Pezzella playing an important goal-scoring role in the 2014 Copa Sudamericana triumph and the Superfinal win over San Lorenzo.

The transfer to Real Betis came before Marcelo Gallardo’s era of true dominance but Pezzella was at River for the important early stages after promotion back to the Primera and has proved his worth in La Liga.


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