FC Groningen captain Andreas Granqvist has departed the Eredivisie club for Genoa on a four-year deal.
The 26-year-old Swedish defender, who had a year remaining on his contract at Euroborg, joins the Serie A club for €2million (£1.8m).
Former Wigan man Granqvist spent three seasons with Groningen, notching up 116 appearances, and is now relishing a new challenge in Italy.
"I've known all of this season with Groningen that I wanted to join a bigger league," he said. "The club understood this.
"Along with the Premier League, I regard Serie A as one of the best leagues in the world.
"I'm very happy with my transfer to Genoa. I think this is a club that suits me just fine and will allow me to develop further.
"I've had three fantastic years with FC Groningen, though. The people at the club, the coaches, my team-mates, I want to thank them all very much for my time at Euroborg.
"Finally I want to thank the FC Groningen fans for their unconditional support. They're great!"