FC Basel bags footballer from German league
AFP · 17 Aug 2013, 18:41
Published: 17 Aug 2013 18:41 GMT+02:00
- Basel trades Argentina striker to German team (15 Aug 13)
- FC Basel loses another player to German league (18 Jul 13)
- Swiss footballer joins Russian champions (10 Jul 13)
Basel have confirmed the move, announced by Wolfsburg on Saturday, and Sio is set to play in their Champions League play-off, first-leg tie against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday if the paperwork is completed in time.
The 24-year-old Sio, who signed for Wolfsburg in January 2012, made only 10 Bundesliga appearances, including the final ten minutes of Wolves' 2-0 defeat at Hanover 96 last weekend.
In his 18-month spell at the club he was twice sent out on loan at Germans Augsburg then France's Sochaux.
Sio made the last of his three appearances for Ivory Coast when he came off the bench in their 4-1 defeat to Mexico in New Jersey last Wednesday and already has Swiss league experience having spent three years at FC Sion.
"The move is a great chance for Giovanni and he can establish himself as a first-choice option at FC Basel," said Wolfsburg's team manager Klaus Allofs.
"We wish him all the very best for this new challenge."