Official: Fiorentina sign Velez Sarsfield's Santiago Silva for €1.7 million

The Uruguayan forward is hoping to finally make a name for himself in Europe after his first time in the continent ended in disappointment
   Velez Sarsfield
Santiago Silva
Fee: €1.7 million
Contract: TBA

Velez Sarsfield have announced on their official website the transfer of striker Santiago Silva to Fiorentina for a fee of €1.7 million.

The news comes as a huge blow to the Argentine club, who have witnessed the departure of another important attacking player following the €12 million sale of Ricky Alvarez to Inter earlier in the summer.

Velez president Fernando Raffaini said the club had no interest in parting company with the 30-year-old, but as Fiorentina met the striker's release clause, there was nothing he could do to avoid the transfer.

"We offered him a very good three-year contract, but the player expressed the need to take this opportunity to return to Europe and have his revenge," Raffaini said at a press conference.

Silva will be hoping to make his mark in the European continent after a first spell without much success at Energie Cottbus and Beira-Mar.

Fiorentina have stayed silent on this matter, and there has been no indication about the length of the Uruguayan's contract.