Sheffield Wednesday sign Argentinian from Italian club
Sheffield Wednesday have completed their first signing of the Garry Monk era.
Young winger Manuel Hidalgo has arrived for an undisclosed fee from Italian side U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918 following a successful trial spell at the Championship club.
Reports in Italy claim the 20-year-old has signed a deal until 2021.
Hidalgo said: “I have always liked English football. I think it is the best football in the world.
“England has the best leagues, the best pitches and players, the best structures, everything.
“This is a big step for me but I feel very prepared and very happy to be here.
“I like to dribble with the ball and play freely the Argentinian way.”
The Argentina-born youngster was with Portuguese heavyweights Benfica for a year before he moved to Triestina in 2017.
Hidalgo, who can operate on either flank and is believed to be a primarily left footed player, played 30 times for Triestina.
But despite being fully fit, Hidalgo failed to make an appearance for the Serie C side this season.
It remains to be seen whether Hidalgo will go straight into Monk’s first-team squad or be a member of their Under-23s side.
“I know I need to take some steps towards the first team,” said Hidalgo. “I played for the first team in Italy and I know it’s not the same here.
“I want to play first for the Under-23s but my main goal is to play for the first team.”