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OFFICIAL: Last minute swoop for Agudelo complete

The young Colombian midfielder adds depth and upside to an engine room badly needing both.

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Well that came out of nowhere. Fiorentina popped up as suitors for Kevin Agudelo with about an hour and a half left before the close of the window and apparently got the deal done. He’s with the Viola on an 18-month loan with an obligatory fee (nobody’s reporting the amount yet, but we’d guess somewhere between €5 million and €8 million) to Genoa for the midfielder, giving the Grifoni a pretty nice profit considering that they paid just €250,000 for him from Atlético Huila this summer.

At just 21 years old and in his first season outside his native Colombia, Agudelo has taken no time to settle in and contribute. Capable of playing as a number 10 or farther back in midfield, he’s a slippery dribbler with excellent acceleration and close control. His penchant for quick turns and weaving through traffic is means he looks like a poor man’s Gaetano Castrovilli. He’s a good finisher and excels on the break, but needs to improve his play in possession and his defensive contribution.

For Genoa this year, he’s made 12 appearances, scoring one and assisting another. He’s also earned a sending off, highlighting how far he has to go with his contribution off the ball, but between his versatility—he’s been used on the wing and through the center—and his dynamism, he looks like a perfect rotational option for Giuseppe Iachini when the mister wants to add some attacking verve to his engine room. This is a great move and we’re absolutely thrilled to get a talented young player in a position of need at a reasonable price. Welcome, Kevin!