Sheffield Wednesday sign Argentinian from Italian club

Sheffield Wednesday have completed their first signing of the Garry Monk era.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:30 pm

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.

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“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.”