Bundesliga side Mainz have today announced the signing of 25-year-old Angelo Fulgini from Ligue 1 side Angers for a reported €6m including bonuses. The Ivorian-French born midfielder has signed a four-year deal until 2026.
M05 moved quick to acquire the signing of Fulgini – Rangers had multiple bids rejected whilst fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach came close to signing the player in January. Fulgini spent five years in Ligue 1 with Angers, playing 149 games, scoring 20 and creating 15 in the top flight of France. The former Valenciennes player comes in as a replacement for Jean-Paul Boëtius, who left Mainz on a free transfer after three seasons.
“Angelo Fulgini has had a top footballing education in France, coming through all the youth national teams and developing into a complete player in Ligue 1, where he is known for his set-pieces and his ability to make the difference on the pitch. Angelo is in his prime, and is a type of player who we have been missing in our squad,” said M05 sporting director Martin Schmidt.
Fulgini added: “I really wanted to play in the Bundesliga and there were a few clubs who were interested in me, but Mainz is the right club for me. I had a lot of good discussions with Bo Svensson, but also Moussa Niakhaté, who is a close friend of mine and said some wonderful things about the club which convinced me to come.”