AC Milan have completed the €2 million signing of Colombian defender Jherson Vergara Amú from Deportes Quindio, subject to medical checks early next week.
Vergara, 18, was one of the stars of the Colombia Under-20 side that won the recent South American Youth Championship in Argentina, and rumours have linked him with a move to the Rossoneri ever since.
In joining the Milanese giants, the Universitario Popayan loanee will become the third Colombian on the AC Milan books—joining fellow central defenders Cristian Zapata and Mario Yepes. However, it appears as though Yepes, 37, may be on his way out of the club this summer.
The signing would make Vergara be the latest in a series of talented South American youngsters to head to Italy’s Serie A, with clubs in the division looking to procure future stars as a means to compete with the European elite.
The centre-back started eight of his country’s nine games at January’s international competition, scoring in a final game victory over Paraguay to secure the title. The side will now take their place at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this summer.
Previously, Vergara had been part of Colombia’s Under-17 setup for the South American Championship of 2011, a tournament where the likes of Chelsea owned pair Lucas Piazon and Wallace came to prominence.