Milan striker Oliveira loaned to Real Zaragoza
ROME, July 14 (Reuters) - AC Milan striker Ricardo Oliveira has been sent on loan to Spanish club Real Zaragoza, the Serie A club announced on its website on Saturday.
The one-year loan deal had an option to make the move permanent on a four-year contract at the end of next season, the Primera Liga side said on their website.
The move ended Oliveira's brief adventure with the Italian giants, where he struggled to carve out a space for himself in the club's overcrowded attack.
Milan paid Zaragoza's Spanish rivals Real Betis 17 million euros last year for Oliveira.
The Brazilian international, who scored 22 goals in La Liga in the 2004-05 season, was billed as the replacement for Andriy Shevchenko but failed to make an impression in Italy, scoring just three goals in 26 Serie A appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, Zaragoza have agreed a deal to sign Argentina centre-back Roberto Ayala from Villarreal, the Primera Liga club said on Saturday.
The 34-year-old, who is playing for Argentina at the Copa America, had agreed a move to Villarreal back in February for when his contract with Valencia ended in June.