Manchester City's Micah Richards has ended his 12-year stay at the club by joining Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal.
The Italian club have paid £3.5m for the defender which will rise to £4.7m if they make the move permanent.
The 26-year-old is City's longest serving player.
It is understood he turned down a number of offers from Premier League clubs in order to join Fiorentina and is "excited" about the challenge.
The versatile defender, who can play at right-back and centre-back, has found his City chances limited under Manuel Pellegrini.
He becomes the 24th Englishman to play for a Serie A club.