is set to move to Sampdoria
from troubled La Liga club Malaga
The midfielder left Fiorentina in 2005 and has also turned out for Sevilla, Olympiacos, West Brom, Juventus, Bologna and Piacenza.
The deal could be finalised by the end of the week as a number of players look to depart Malaga and their crippling financial problems.
Malaga have already brought in £22 million this summer by selling Santi Cazorla to Arsenal and Solomon Rondon to Rubin Kazan.