Fiorentina confirm Saponara loan deal

Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara has joined the Florence side on loan with a view to a permanent deal being concluded

Fiorentina have completed the loan signing of midfielder Riccardo Saponara from Empoli.

Saponara, who has won 22 caps for Italy’s Under-21 side, has scored 14 goals for Empoli over the last three Serie A seasons, finding the net twice in the current campaign.

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In a statement, Fiorentina confirmed that the loan deal for 26-year-old Saponara has “a purchase obligation”, but no further details were provided by either club.

Fiorentina comunica di aver acquisito,a titolo temporaneo con obbligo di riscatto, Riccardo Saponara dall’Empoli FC.

— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) January 28, 2017


Saponara re-joined Empoli in 2015 following a season-and-a-half at AC Milan where he only played eight Serie A games.

Fiorentina are eighth in the Serie A table and Saponara’s new side face Genoa at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday.