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The Rossazzurri have sealed a deal believed to be in the region of £2.9 million for the defender, who had long been linked with Sunderland

Catania have announced the signing of Argentina international Gino Peruzzi from Velez Sarsfield for an undisclosed fee.

Sunderland had been reported to be leading the chase for the 21-year-old, but he has instead joined the Rossazzurri, who are believed to have paid approximately €3.4 million [£2.9m] for the versatile right-back.

"Catania announces that it has acquired outright the sporting rights of Gino Peruzzi Lucchetti," read a statement released on the Serie A side's official website on Tuesday evening.

Peruzzi, who came through the youth team ranks at Velez Sarsfield, has been capped four times by his country.




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