Sporting Lisbon have confirmed Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso is poised to join Serie A side Genoa.
Veloso has often been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Arsenal and Manchester United reported to be admirers.
However, the 24-year-old is now set to head to Italy to link up with Genoa and he is looking forward to playing for coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Speaking to Telenord, Veloso said: "I can't wait to start this adventure and to speak with Gasperini.
"I already know that Genoa are strong. I have seen them on television and I know that the team has big ambitions.
"Gasperini is a great coach and I am at his service."
Sporting have confirmed the deal has been agreed and the Portuguese club are likely to receive Alberto Zapater in part-exchange.