Torino have officially completed the signing of Uruguayan defender Diego Laxalt from AC Milan on a season long loan.
The defender completed his move early on Saturday morning, which includes an option to make the switch across Italy permanent.
Atalanta also held talks with Milan for Laxalt, but in the end they were pipped to the 26-year-old by fellow Serie A club Torino.
Torino announced the signing on their official website, which included quotes from the club’s president Urbano Cairo, who said: “To implement and further strengthen our external department we were looking for a profile like Diego Laxalt.
“A role specialist who is also able to effectively combine both phases of the game. An experienced footballer but at the same time in the prime of his career, a reinforcement that already knew the pitfalls of Serie A and therefore is able to settle in our league immediately.
“Another top priority for us was to add a thick element to our locker room, also from a human and character point of view. Those who know Laxalt well have spent only flattering opinions on him, enhancing their work culture, professionalism and ambition.”
Laxalt also talked about his move to Torino, stating: “I come to Torino with great enthusiasm, ready to put myself immediately at the disposal of the coach and his companions.
“I will meet again with the coach (Walter) Mazzarri, whom I met at the time of Inter, and many guys who are friends rather than former teammates: their support will help me to get into the new reality soon.
“Running and playing football is even better when you do it in front of an audience that supports you like this and makes you always feel important.”