Transfer talk

Santana agrees move to Napoli

June 14, 2011

Argentina midfielder Mario Santana will play for Napoli next season, according to the player's agent.

Santana turned down a contract extension with Fiorentina and will join the Azzurri as a free agent.

"We have reached a three-year agreement with Napoli,'' Santana4s agent Marco Piccioli told Corriere dello Sport. "Before Napoli confirm the deal, they will have to find a placement for (Argentina midfielder Jose Ernesto) Sosa.

"Santana is enthusiastic about playing at Napoli as many of his compatriots play there. The fact that Napoli will play in the Champions League next season is just the icing on the cake.

"His priority was to remain in Italy and Napoli4s interest in him was an added motivation for him not to leave the country.''

The 29-year-old joined Fiorentina from Palermo in 2009 and scored four goals in 28 league appearances for the Viola this season.