Genoa have signed Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee, the Portuguese giants have announced.
Veloso has often been linked with a move to Italy's Serie A with the likes of Inter, Juventus and AC Milan reported to be admirers.
However, the 24-year-old has chosen to head to Genoa and he is looking forward to playing for coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Veloso, a left-footed midfielder who was a product of Sporting's academy, played 51 times for the Lisbon club.
He earned the first of 14 caps for Portugal in 2007 and was in the squad for the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, but made only two appearances as a late substitute in the group stage.
Sporting have confirmed the deal has been agreed and the Portuguese club will receive Spanish midfielder Alberto Zapater in part-exchange.
Speaking to Telenord, Veloso said: "I can't wait to start this adventure and to speak with Gasperini.
"I already know that Genoa are strong. I have seen them on television and I know that the team has big ambitions.
"Gasperini is a great coach and I am at his service."
Source: Sky Sports