Reports: Real Salt Lake has picked up Everton Luiz’s contract from his Italian parent club

Real Salt Lake has bought out the contract of Everton Luiz from his parent club, S.P.A.L., per multiple reports. The news was first reported by the Italian club on its website.

RSL acquired Luiz on loan in January. The club had the option the buy his contract at the end of the season, but appears to have done so earlier.

Luiz, who plays the attacking midfielder position, has fit in seamlessly with the club’s style of play. He quickly made regular appearances in the starting lineup before a hamstring injury sidelined him for about a month. Luiz has recently returned to the field.

The Brazil native has started nine of the 11 games in which he has appeared this season. He’s played 751 minutes and recorded an assist with five shots.

Before joining S.P.A.L., Luiz played with Ponte Preta, Palmeiras and CRB in Brazil, and FC Lugano and St. Gallen in Switzerland. He also played for a team in Serbia, where he was part of two Serbian Cup titles.