It has been reported tonight, by Tuttomercatoweb.com, that Fiorentina have signed Alberto Facundo (“Tino”) Costa, from Spartak Moscow. The fee is reported to be in the region of 1.5million euros, although subject to the midfielder passing a medical.
The 31 year old has been playing in Serie A for Genoa on loan from Spartak this season, but as soon as Fiorentina’s interest became known, the midfielder was keen to join La Viola as soon as possible. The Argentine joined Spartak for 7million euros in 2013 from Valencia, making 31 appearances and scoring 3 goals. He has made 12 appearances for Genoa this season, however his time at Il Grifone has been affected by injury; Costa is currently recovering from a calf muscle injury, but is likely to be available for selection before the end of the transfer window.
The technically gifted midfielder will supplement Paulo Sousa’s existing midfield options, and his arrival will likely pave the way for the disappointing Mario Suarez to leave the club, possibly to Watford or Liverpool in the Premier League. With Matias Vecino and Milan Badelj having played the majority of Fiorentina’s games this season, and given the latter’s injury against Lazio last weekend, Sousa will be hoping that Costa returns to fitness as soon as possible to relieve some of their workload.
Sousa will also hope that Costa can rediscover his goalscoring record from his time at Valencia (10 goals in 84 league appearances between 2010-2013) and Montpellier (15 goals in 66 league appearances between 2008-2010).
Despite being on loan to Genoa, they were happy to let Costa leave for Fiorentina, and the player travelled from Genoa to Moscow yesterday to get the green light to the transfer. He will be heading to Florence for his medical tomorrow, to start his new career with La Viola.
The agent of Costa, Ruben Munoz, spoke about the deal earlier this evening, stating that the negotiation was difficult, and it wasn’t until this evening that the final details were resolved, however the former Argentina international was keen to join La Viola when he became aware of their interest.