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12 Jan 2021
3:51 pm

Fiorentina’s Lirola joins Marseille on loan

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The French club have an option to buy the former Spain Under-21 defender for a reported fee of around 12 million euros ($14.6 million).

Lazio's Montenegrin midfielder Adam Marusic (R) challenges Fiorentina's Spanish defender Pol Lirola during the Italian Serie A football match Lazio Rome vs Fiorentina on January 6, 2021 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Marseille announced on Tuesday they have signed Fiorentina right-back Pol Lirola on loan until the end of the season.

The French club have an option to buy the former Spain Under-21 defender for a reported fee of around 12 million euros ($14.6 million).

Coach Andre Villas-Boas said Lirola had been on sporting director Pablo Longoria’s radar since the summer.

“Pol was already on our list in August. He’s a player who Pablo appreciates. It wasn’t difficult to do, he was interested himself too,” Villas-Boas said during a press conference.

Lirola, 23, has started just four games for the Tuscan club this term after joining from Sassuolo in September.

He will compete with Japan’s Hiroki Sakai for a starting berth in Villas-Boas’ side, who are sixth in Ligue 1.

On Wednesday they head to Lens to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions Trophy, the French equivalent of a Super Cup that in normal times is the curtain-raiser to the season.

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