Melbourne City FC has announced the signing of Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli on a two-year-deal.
The 27-year-old is the club's seventh off-season recruit following the pre-season acquisitions of Ivan Franjic, Steve Kuzmanovski, Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo, Michael Zullo, Wade Dekker and Aaron Hughes.
Nicknamed El Tuna - or 'The Prickly Pear' - Fornaroli began his career at Uruguayan club Nacional, starring in the club's youth ranks alongside Barcelona's Luis Suarez, while he also represented Uruguay at under-17 level in 2003.
The striker's breakout season came during his first senior campaign with Nacional in 2008, with Fornaroli scoring on 17 occasions in 37 appearances across the Uruguayan Primera Division and Copa Libertadores.
Following interest from Europe, Fornaroli completed spells for Serie A side Sampdoria and Greek Super League outfit Panathinaikos before returning to Uruguay to link up with most recent club Danubio FC.
A striker with speed, agility and technical skill, City boss John van't Schip believes Fornaroli fits the profile of the number 9 he desires for this season.
"Bruno is the type of player we have been looking for and we are excited to welcome him to Melbourne City FC," van't Schip said.
"We believe Bruno’s experience in South America and his technical ability as a number 9 will greatly complement our other attacking players.
“Bruno will join us immediately in training this week and will be available for our FFA Cup campaign as we prepare for the start of the A-League season.”
Fornaroli underwent his medical at the City Football Academy in Manchester, before training for a week with Manchester City FC’s Elite Development Squad, under Patrick Vieria.
The Club’s latest signing arrived in Melbourne on Monday, with Fornaroli meeting and training with his teammates at Melbourne’s City Football Academy.
“The Club has made me feel very welcome, the whole staff and the playing group have received me well and made me feel comfortable,” Fornaroli said.
“Fans can expect lots of sacrifice for the shirt, that’s the first thing I put in my head when I arrive at a club.”
Fornaroli will wear the jersey number 23 and fill Melbourne City FC’s fourth VISA squad position.
DOB: 7 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Salto, Uruguay
Clubs: Nacional, Sampdoria (San Lorenzo, Recreativo Heulva, Nacional), Panathinaikos, Danubio (Figueirense)