Fiorentina's Carlos Sanchez joins Espanyol on loan until end of season

Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez has joined Espanyol on loan until the end of the season, the Spanish club announced.

The Colombia international made nine Serie A appearances for the Viola but just three as a starter this season.

Espanyol were keen to strengthen their midfield line after selling Javi Fuego to Villarreal earlier this week.

An Espanyol statement read: "RCD Espanyol has reached an agreement with Carlos Sanchez and Fiorentina for the Colombian player to play in our team until the end of the season, with no purchase option included in the deal."

The 31-year-old nicknamed "La Roca" (the Rock) joined Fiorentina in 2016 after two campaigns at Aston Villa.

This will be Sanchez's second stint in La Liga having played for Elche in the 2013-14 campaign.