De Vanna signs with Italian giants Fiorentina

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The Matildas' record goalscorer Lisa De Vanna will play for Italian club Fiorentina during the upcoming Serie A Femminile season.

The 34-year-old's signing was announced by the club on Thursday and De Vanna will be available when La Viola begin their season against Florentia on August 14.

Fiorentina missed out on the Scudetto to Juventus by a single point last season but their second-placed finish means they will compete in the 2019-20 UEFA women's Champions League.

The move makes De Vanna the latest Australian player to choose to ply their trade in Europe's growing women's football competitions instead of the United States.

Alex Chidiac, who missed out on selection for this year's FIFA World Cup, won the Spanish league in her first season with Atletico Madrid in 2018-19.

De Vanna has scored a record 47 goals for the Matildas and is on 150 caps - just one behind all-time record appearance maker Cheryl Salisbury.

Italy was one of the surprise packets at the World Cup, beating Australia in the group stages before bowing out to eventual runners-up Holland in the quarter-finals.

Source AAP