Serbian midfielder Ljajic signs for Fiorentina

ROME: Serbia’s promising midfielder Adem Ljajic has signed for Fiorentina, the Italian club said. The teenager still needs to pass a medical to complete his move from Partizan Belgrade for a reported eight million euros, according to the Belgrade daily Press. Ljajic, 18, came close to joining Manchester United before the Red Devils pulled out of a deal last year. Considered one of the most talented youngsters in Serbian football, Ljajic previously refused several offers from clubs in Russia. A year ago, Ljajic was unveiled by Manchester United alongside countryman Zoran Tosic. However, while Tosic joined United immediately, Ljajic was too young to do so and United stated that he would be loaned back to Partizan and would join in January 2010, by which time he would have turned 18. However, last month United announced that they had passed up their option on the playmaker due to problems in securing work permit.