Udinese: Zapata joining Villarreal
Udinese have confirmed the sale of Cristian Zapata to Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee. The Colombia international had been strongly linked with a move to a host of Europe's biggest clubs.
A statement from Udinese read: "Udinese announces it has sold the sporting rights of Colombian defender Cristian Zapata to Villarreal. We wish to thank the player for his professionalism during his six years at the club and we wish him the best of luck in the future."
The 24-year-old central defender, who can also play in either full-back position, is currently competing for his country in the Copa America, He is set to sign a five-year contract with La Liga's fourth-placed side in the 2010/11 season.