Roma medical booked for Veretout

Jordan Veretout will have his Roma medical tomorrow after Fiorentina agreed a loan with obligation to buy for €17m plus €2m in bonuses.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Il Tempo and others, the two clubs worked out the final details this evening.

It’ll be a one-year loan at a cost of €1m, with obligation to buy at the end of the season for another €16m.

There are also another €2m in various add-ons and bonuses.

Milan and Napoli had also been interested in the French midfielder, but after weeks of tense negotiations, it looks as if Roma have finally secured a deal.

The 26-year-old had joined Fiorentina from Aston Villa for €7m in the summer of 2017.

Over two seasons, Veretout scored 15 goals with six assists in 75 competitive games for the Viola.

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Fonseca: ‘Can see Roma signs’

Roma Coach Paulo Fonseca can “already see signs of what we want to do as a team” after the 12-0 victory over Pro Calcio Tor Sapienza.

The Giallorossi’s first friendly outing of the summer saw the 4-2-3-1 formation used with attack-minded full-backs, Davide Santon in central defence and goalkeeper Pau Lopez acting as a sweeper-keeper.

Diego Perotti converted a penalty before Schick scored with a delightful back-heel flick on Rick Karsdorp’s assist.

Leonardo Spinazzola, Spinozzi and Schick again rounded out the scoreline.

The entire XI changed for the second half, with Alessandro Florenzi given yet another new role, on the left side of the supporting strident behind Edin Dzeko.

Florenzi seemed to enjoy it and bagged a brace, while Cengiz Under and Dzeko were also on target.

Mirko Antonucci took centre-stage with a late hat-trick for the 20-year-old, in the position Javier Pastore adopted in the first half.

“It was important to transfer those ideas we’ve been working on to the pitch, so we saw some ideas and collective intentions that were satisfying, but there is a lot of work to do,” Fonseca told Roma TV.

“The players have worked well and it’s evident there’s a lot to improve on, but this is a complex style of football and we can already see signs of what we want to do as a team.”

Roma 1st half: Pau Lopez; Karsdorp, Santon, Juan Jesus, Spinazzola; Spinozzi, Nzonzi; Defrel, Pastore, Perotti; Schick

Roma 2nd half: Olsen; Bouah, Fazio, Capradossi, Kolarov; Bordin, Cristante; Ünder, Antonucci, Florenzi; Dzeko

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De Rossi to Boca this weekend

Roma legend Daniele De Rossi is reportedly flying out to Argentina for a new adventure with Boca Juniors this weekend.

According to Sky Sport Italia, he worked out the final details of the contract and is ready to make the journey to Buenos Aires this weekend.

The midfielder turns 36 later this month and is a free agent after Roma opted not to give him another contract.

De Rossi had been sorely tempted by retirement, but will get the opportunity to make a dream come true by joining Boca Juniors and playing at the Bombonera.

He is expected to sign the contract on Saturday or Sunday, then wear the Boca Number 16 jersey.

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Mancini: ‘Couldn’t turn down Roma’

Gianluca Mancini had no regrets leaving Atalanta and the Champions League for Roma. “It’s a big opportunity that doesn’t come around often.”

The transfer was completed today, technically a €2m loan with obligation to buy for €13m and a further set of bonuses up to €8m.

There is also a 10 per cent sell-on fee that will go to Atalanta.

“I wanted to come here, because Roma is a big club. In the end the negotiations all ended well,” Mancini told Roma TV and asroma.com.

“It’s not a case of leaving Atalanta, it’s more that Roma are a big club and it is difficult to turn down a call from them. I had two important years in Bergamo, we managed to qualify for the Champions League – but Roma is a big opportunity that doesn’t come around often and I wanted to take it now and get started on this new adventure.

“I was impressed by (Paulo Fonseca), it’s not every day that you get a call from a Coach as successful as him. So I can only say that I can’t wait to get started.”

Mancini was the top-scoring defender in Serie A last season with five goals, plus one in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

“When a defender scores, it helps out the team even more – even if my primary job is to help my teammates not to concede them. If you do that first and then can chip in with a few goals as well, that’s great.

“The way I see the game, I think that intensity is an important quality to have – because it enables you to unsettle the opposition and prevent them from having too much time to choose their next move. I think I can suit the style pretty well, especially because in Bergamo that intensity was a big part of how we tried to play.

“I had two years in Bergamo, where I improved in every way: mentally, in the way I focus during games and prepare for them, but also physically and technically. I thank the coach, Mister Gian Piero Gasperini, for all of that.”

The 23-year-old was also given his senior Italy debut by CT Roberto Mancini.

“Last season was definitely a great one for me, in pretty much every way. Every Italian dreams of playing for the national team. I was fortunate enough to be called up, and then to play. To earn the right to be called up again for Italy is a big motivation for me and another reason to want to do well for Roma.

“I just want to tell the fans that I will give everything I have, with complete focus and respect. Every time I go out on the pitch I will work hard for the team and try to make the fans, the club and my teammates proud.”

Image credit: @asromaen Twitter

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Boca prepare De Rossi jersey

Daniele De Rossi would be handed the Number 16 jersey for Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores, according to reports in Argentina.

The World Cup winner turns 36 later this month and is a free agent, as Roma decided not to renew his contract.

He had been leaning towards retirement, but last night multiple reports emerged from Italy and Argentina that he had given the all-clear to join Boca Juniors.

Negotiations advanced well with Boca director and former Roma teammate Nicolas Burdisso, while De Rossi has always said it is his dream to play in the Bombonera.

It looks as if he’ll get that experience and can wear the Number 16 jersey in the Copa Libertadores, as it’d be released by youth team player Adrian Sanchez, claim Informacion CABJ.

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