Madrid, Aug 27 : Spanish La Liga side RCD Espanyol have signed Argentinian striker Jonathan Calleri on a season-long loan, the club has confirmed.
Calleri moves from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado in a deal which could be made permanent for a fee of 25 million euros (around 27 million US dollars) at the end of June. Calleri, who scored nine goals for Deportivo Alaves last season, arrives at Espanyol to replace last season's top scorer Borja Iglesias, who joined Real Betis earlier this summer.
The powerful center forward has also played for Las Palmas and is Espanyol's seventh signing of the summer, along with players such as Ander Iturraspe, Sebastian Corchia and Matias Vargas. It is not yet known whether Calleri will be included in the Espanyol squad to fly to Ukraine on Wednesday for the return leg of the final Europa League qualifying round away to Zorya. Espanyol produced a second half recovery in the first leg to take a 3-1 lead to Ukraine for what promises to be a competitive return leg.
Domestically, the Barcelona-based side have struggled for form in their first two La Liga matches, losing 2-0 at home to Seville and drawing 0-0 away to Alaves, and the fact they have yet to score a league goal highlights the need to sign a replacement for Iglesias. (XINHUA)