August 17, 2018 / 12:25 PM / a month ago

AC Milan sign Villareal forward Castillejo and Genoa midfielder Laxalt

(Reuters) - Villareal forward Samuel Castillejo and Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt have joined AC Milan shortly before the close of Italy’s transfer window, the Serie A club said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - Villarreal v Barcelona - Spanish Liga - Madrigal Stadium, Villarreal, Spain - 20/3/16. Villarreal's Samuel Castillejo (L) and Barcelona's Gerard in action. REUTERS/Heino Kalis Picture Supplied by Action Images

Milan added that Villareal and Genoa have made the move of forwards Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula, respectively, permanent.

Castillejo, 23, joined Villareal in 2015 from Malaga and made 30 appearances in La Liga last season, scoring six goals.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Uruguay vs Russia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 25, 2018 Uruguay's Diego Laxalt celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Uruguay international Laxalt, capped 10 times, made 32 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring three times.

Laxalt, 25, has been a regular in Italy’s top flight since 2013, having previously played for Empoli and Bologna on loan from Inter.

Milan were due to host Genoa in their first league game of the season on Sunday. However, the match was postponed after a bridge collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday, killing at least 38 people.

(This version of the story corrects spelling of Villarreal throughout)

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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