Fiorentina are getting Sunderland defender Mobido Diakite 'free of charge' according to their sporting director Eduardo Macia.
The 26-year-old Frenchman joined the Viola on loan for the rest of the season in January and made his debut in the Copa Italia this week, and if the report is to be believed, Sunderland are not receiving a penny for it.
He complements our defence and will be a boost for our coach. Arrives on loan free of charge until June without option.
He fits our needs, has trained in Italy and has had experience in English football. It's not been a easy transfer because he has had many offers in January. Our relationship with Sunderland after the transfer of Marcos Alonso is good.
It is difficult to ever read too much into these things. Far too much of what comes out of football clubs is essentially propaganda and rarely tells the whole story.
I am not sure it should be taken literally, though. I am certain that Fiorentina will be paying his wages, at least. The Marcos Alonso reference makes it tough to resist speculating too. Perhaps any loan fee which may have been due was waived by way of a first payment on a permanent deal for the left back?
Considering there was apparently plenty of other offers, you'd imagine Sunderland are getting something from this particular deal.
Who knows, really. But either way, fee or not, Diakite isn't much of a loss.