Colombian defender joins Milan on loan…
Villarreal have confirmed that Cristian Zapata is to join Milan from Villarreal on a season-long loan deal.
The 25-year-old has passed a medical and will help fill the void created by the departure of Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.
A statement on the Villarreal website read: “Villarreal and Milan have reached an agreement to transfer Cristian Zapata for this season. Thus the Colombian defender will return to play in Italian football with the Rossoneri.”
Milan are reported to have the option to complete a permanent deal for Zapata, who returns to Serie A one year after leaving Udinese.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was pleased to have secured his signing.
“Zapata can help us in the central defense and on the full-back positions,” he said. “I spoke with the board about him and we decided to sign him.
“With the arrival of Zapata, our transfer market is almost closed.”