Monday July 23 2012
Pescara sign Bjarnason, monitor Natali

Pescara have announced the signing of Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason on a one-year loan deal and are closing in on Cesare Natali.

The 24-year-old arrives at the newly-promoted side on a 12-month temporary basis from Belgian club Standard Liege.

Bjarnason only joined Liege this summer, signing a five-year deal after a Bosman transfer from Viking, but has been sent out to Giovanni Stroppa’s side for the 2012-13 campaign.

The player has actually spent the previous fortnight training with Pescara, ahead of the move, and even took part in their pre-season friendly yesterday.

The Delfini confirmed his move via a note on their official site and will present the player to the Press tomorrow.

Elsewhere, the club are believed to be close to securing experienced centre-back Natali on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old is a free agent this summer having left Fiorentina after three seasons and is reportedly near to signing a two-year deal with the southern club, at a €500,000-a-year salary.