Blues midfielder Fran Villalba has joined Sporting Gijon on a permanent transfer, the club has confirmed.

Valued at £450,000, according to Transfer Markt, the midfielder departs for an undisclosed fee.

This news follows the announcement that Sporting had taken up the option to sign the 24-year-old halfway through the season. 

Signing for Blues back in August 2019, Villalba made 17 appearances, scoring just one goal in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

It seems the club will still be operating by the ‘one out one in’ plan as Blues are yet to sign anyone following the opening of the summer transfer window.

We wish Fran all the best in the future!