Real Zaragoza sign Franco Zuculini on loan from Hoffenheim

Real Zaragoza have confirmed the loan-signing of Argentinean international Franco Zuculini from German club Hoffenheim.

Zuculini has signed on a one-year loan from the Bundesliga side after spending last season at Genoa and Argentine side Racing Club, both of which were temporary deals.

After not making much of an impact in Italy, Hoffenheim sent him back to Argentina where he featured much more regularly for his boyhood club, appearing in 15 league matches, 11 of which were as a starter.

The Spaniards are understood to have the option to purchase the once-capped Argentina international at the end of the season with his parent-club frustrated at his lack of improvement since arriving from Racing in 2009.

Since signing for the cash-laden Germans, the 20-year-old has made just seven Bundesliga appearances, but will be hoping for a much more successful time in Spain.

The Aragon club are also understood to be nearing the signing for Zenit St. Petersburg’s Fernando Meira after the Russian club’s Coach Luciano Spalletti conceded the Portugal international was set to leave the Bomzhi.

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