Spain Under 21 defender Jorge Mere has completed a €7m move to German club Koln from Sporting Gijon, it has been confirmed.
The highly-rated 20-year-old had been linked with moves to both Malaga and Sampdoria before opting to join the Bundesliga outfit who will play in Europe next season.
"I'm really looking forward to Cologne and proving myself in the Bundesliga and the Europa League," Mere told the German club’s website.
"It's a club where young players can develop themselves. There were plenty of rumours, but my aim was always to join Koln."
Koln chairman Jorg Scmadtke added: "We've been following Jorge Meré's development for a long time. He's quite advanced for his age, becoming a regular player in Gijon over the last two seasons, as well as convincing at the U21 EUROs in the summer.
“He gives us even more defensive possibilities.”
Mere made 61 appearances for Sporting’s first team, with 56 of them coming in the top flight over the last two campaigns.