Scotland and Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson has completed his move to Bologna in the Serie A. Aberdeen will receive £2.1m up front and £900,000 in add-ons. The midfielder moved from Hamilton four years ago and made 169 appearances for the Dons, scoring 37 goals in the process. Ferguson also earned four caps for Scotland. Aberdeen will start their season with the toughest fixture of the calendar against reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic. Bologna has decided to dip into the Scottish Premiership market after they sold Scotland international for a huge profit to Brentford this summer.

“We want to be a club that is an attractive option for young players who know they can come here, get important game time, train in excellent facilities, and have opportunities to further their development,” Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin said after Lewis Ferguson completed his move to Bologna. “Lewis has been a fantastic player for Aberdeen. He became an integral part of the dressing room in recent seasons, and he has earned the right to explore other options.”

“The club has helped his development massively. He’s played an impressive number of first-team games for his age, not only domestically but in Europe as well, and recently made his debut for his country,” he added. “There’s no doubt Lewis has made a brave move, opting to go abroad and face the challenge of football in a different country, but I’m sure he will be a success.”

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