Villarreal have confirmed that Colombian defender Cristian Zapata has left them to join Milan on a reported season long loan deal.
Reports broke this afternoon that the former Udinese stopper was in Milan undergoing a medical ahead of agreeing an initial loan to return to Italian football.
Villarreal, who were relegated this summer and have reportedly agreed with the Rossoneri an option for the Italians to then sign the defender next year on a permanent basis, have confirmed his departure.
“Villarreal and Milan have reached an agreement to transfer footballer Cristian Zapata for this season,” read a brief statement on the Yellow Submarine’s website.
“Thus, the Colombian defender, 25, who arrived last season at the club from Udinese, will return to play in Italian football with the Rossoneri.”
Since selling Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain for €42m earlier this summer, Milan had been trying to negotiate a deal with Montpellier for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but have seen talks stall in recent days.