Sampdoria have officially signed defender Alex Ferrari from Bologna, on loan with obligation to buy, after his time at Verona.
This makes it effectively a purchase, but with the cost of the operation bumped forward to next season.
The centre-back turns 24 next month and spent this season on loan at Hellas Verona.
He came up through the Bologna youth academy and also had a loan spell at Crotone in 2014.
Ferrari has seven caps for Italy at Under-21 level.