The Argentine has moved to Serie A giants Roma.
Tottenham's Federico Fazio in action with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud
AS Roma today confirmed the capture of Tottenham defender Federico Fazio, via their official official website.
The 29-year old initially joins on a season-long loan for a 1.2 million euro fee with a purchase obligation clause of 3.2 million euros kicking in next summer, subject to various 'sporting targets' being met.
Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (L) and Besiktas' Oguzhan Ozyakup in action
The Argentine endured a torrid spell in England, featuring just 25 times in his two seasons at Spurs. His highlights include a straight red card in his Premier League debut against Manchester City and two dismissals in his first seven appearances overall.
He featured just once for Spurs last season, in the League Cup defeat to Arsenal in September, and joined Sevilla on loan on the last day of the January transfer window.
Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio
He failed to do himself any favours in La Liga either, getting sent off in his first appearance and featuring just six times in total.
Mauricio Pochettino’s system requires his centre-backs to be reasonably quick, calm in possession and capable of accurate long balls.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Fazio possesses none of these traits and as a result was never going to be a fit at White Hart Lane.
His exit is another step towards Pochettino’s vision of a fully functioning, streamlined squad and Spurs fans took to Twitter to share their joy at the lumbering defender’s exit:
Is Fazio that insignificant that @SpursOfficial can't be bothered to announce his transfer!?!— Adam (@7AJR7) August 3, 2016
@HotspurRelated cheerio Fazio, thanks for all the amazing memories, what a player .....oh wait— Steve_Shearman (@SaltashSpurs) August 3, 2016
So Fazio only on loan. What's up with us in the transfer market? We struggle buying players and selling players it's a mess.— George (@GEORGIE_35) August 3, 2016
Congratulations on signing Fazio and guaranteeing the 2016/17 Serie A title @OfficialASRoma— Harry Carlton (@HarryCarlton55) August 3, 2016
Fazio leaves and I bag myself the Champions League package. What a day! #COYS— James O'Mahoney (@JamesMahoney10) August 3, 2016
Fazio really wasn't as bad as people mad out £4 million is a great value for Roma— mjryid (@mjryid) August 3, 2016
£12m for Pritchard and Fazio is great business!— Clamour Kid (@Clamour_Kid) August 3, 2016
That's Wanyama paid for!
Season-long loan for Fazio with an option to buy? How about a life-long loan without an option to ever return?— Nabil Chadli (@NabiIChadIi) August 3, 2016