Fiorentina have signed Haris Seferovic of Grasshopper on a permanent basis, the club said on Friday.
Sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has been tracking the teenager for quite some time. Seferovic arrives just hours after Coni confirmed the suspension of Adrian Mutu in relation to him failing an anti-doping test earlier this month.
A statement confirming the deal for Seferovic on the Viola's official website reads:
"ACF Fiorentina communicates to have reached an agreement with Grasshopper for the permanent transfer of Swiss striker Haris Seferovic. The transfer will be complete following a medical that will take place on Monday."
The Swiss hitman won the Under-17 World Cup in November. He scored the winner in the final, ending the tournament as top scorer. His signing is not believed to be a consequence of Mutu's suspension.
A statement on Coni's official website reads:
"The National Anti-doping Tribunal communicates it has approved the request of the anti-doping attorney to suspend Adrian Mutu in relation to the athlete resulting postive during a test."
Earlier, a report by La Repubblica claimed Mutu's mother Rodica told the channel Telesport that he had taken one of her slimming pills after she forgot them at his house in Florence. The report suggests Mutu was unaware of the ingredients inside the tablet, which included the banned substance Subitramine. The reports remain unconfirmed.
Meanwhile, Viola striker Stevan Jovetic has expressed his views on the case.
"I am sorry for him [Mutu]. I hope everything is resolved so he can come back to play for us," Jovetic told La Repubblica.