Fiorentina pounce for playmaker Fernandez

Fiorentina have signed Chile international Matias Fernandez from Sporting, the Lisbon club said in a statement on Friday.

Fernandez, a technically-gifted midfielder who is also a free-kick specialist, was a regular starter at Sporting since signing from Villarreal in 2009.

Sporting, struggling financially, did not disclose the fee that Fiorentina paid for the 26-year-old's transfer.