Fiorentina have swiftly secured their replacement for Dusan Vlahovic after signing Brazilian Arthur Cabral from the Swiss side Basel.
Vlahovic moved on to Juventus on Friday for an initial €70million.
Bringing an end to a saga that saw the 22-year-old targeted by a host of Europe’s richest clubs.
Fiorentina has a gaping void in their forward line as a result of his departure.
Given Vlahovic is the joint-top scorer in Serie A this season with 17 goals from 21 appearances – a tally only matched by Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.
Now they have a player they consider capable of making a major impact himself, with Cabral.
who inherits the number nine shirt from Vlahovic, having shown prolific scoring form in the Swiss Super League and the Europa Conference League.
Announcing the deal, Fiorentina said:
“ACF Fiorentina is delighted to announce the signing of Arthur Mendonca Cabral from FC Basel 1893 on a permanent transfer.”
Neither side has disclosed the fee involved, although reports in Switzerland have put it around the €16.5million mark.
Cabral scored 65 goals in 106 matches for Basel, also assisting 17 times.
And this season he has managed 27 goals and eight assists in just 31 games.
He came to Basel in August 2019, initially on loan from Brazilian giants Palmeiras,
Before the move was made permanent at the end of his first season.
Assisting Basel to a second-place finish behind runaway champions Young Boys, he was named Swiss Super League player of the year in 2021.
Cabral joins a Fiorentina side who sit seventh in Serie A, just outside the European places.
With Vincenzo Italiano’s men next in action on February 5 when they face eighth-placed Lazio.
Props to Fiorentina management for not wasting any time finding a suitable replacement.
Many teams were scouting Arthur Cabral to sign him for next season.
As Fc Basel have a history producing future talents like Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri.
So, what’s next for Fiorentina?
Fiorentina will be hosting Lazio in Serie A on 5th February.
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