Official: Hamed Traore signs for Fiorentina

EMPOLI, ITALY - DECEMBER 29: Hamed Junior Traore' of Empoli Fc greets fans after the Serie A match between Empoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio Carlo Castellani on December 29, 2018 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Empoli midfielder Hamed Traore has signed up for Fiorentina and will officially join the club for next season

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed over in Italy since debuting for Empoli last season in the Serie B and had been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

But Fiorentina have won the race for Traore, who has agreed on a four-year contract in a reported €12m deal.

However, the Ivorian star has been loaned back to Empoli for the remainder of this season.

BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Franco Semioli of Genua runs with the ball during the Uefa Champions League qualifying match between Werder Bremen and Sampdoria Genua at Weser Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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According to the former Fiorentina and Chievo Verona player, the Italy national team will suffer in the future because of the few youth prospects.

“Empoli announce they have reached an agreement with Fiorentina for the permanent transfer of Hamed Junior Traore,” read a statement on the club website.

“At the same time, the player will remain, on a temporary basis, in blue until June 30, 2019.”

Traore has made 17 appearances for Empoli this season with the club set to next face Cagliari on Sunday in the Serie A.