Following Villereal’s bitterly disappointing relegation last season, Borja Valero is one of many stars set to leave the club for new pastures. The Spanish club have agreed a fee with Fiorentina, who themselves had a disappointing campaign in the 2011-2012 season.

A product of Real Madrid, Valero was never quite able to break into the first team during the Galacticos era at the club and thus left to spend time at Mallorca and West Bromwich Albion. Though never adapting truly to the English game, he has always shone in Spain. Now the 27 year old midfielder with a Spanish international cap to his name will look to start afresh in Florence.

Fiorentina will be looking to replace influential deep lying playmaker Ricardo Montolivo who has moved North to Milan after his contract expired. The Italian, who had a positive Euro 2012 campaign alongside Pirlo, joins AC Milan for no fee, and with Valon Behrami’s move to Napoli in the summer, the Viola drastically need to reinforce a deteriorating midfield and Valero is certainly a step in the right direction.

The club have confirmed the purchase on their website, saying : ”Villarreal and Fiorentina confirm they have reached an agreement for the outright transfer of the player Borja Valero.

“This will be subject to the signing of the player’s contract.”

For Villereal, Cristian Zapatta and injured Guiseppi Rossi are both set to be following Valero out of the club, with neither wanting to play in the Spanish Segunda Division next season.