Justin Kluivert has left Roma to join Ligue 1 side Nice on loan with an option to buy.
Kluivert has been a Roma player since 2018, but has struggled to justify the hype that he built up previously at Ajax.
He spent the 2020-21 season on loan at RB Leipzig, and even the appointment of Jose Mourinho has not given him a lifeline back at Roma.
Mourinho was famously seen in conversation with Kluivert after Manchester United’s victory over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final. He has known him for a long time, but even when their paths could have crossed in Rome, they won’t be working together.
Kluivert was not called up by Roma for their first phase of pre-season training and he will instead be spending the season outside of Italy again.
French side Nice have agreed to take the Dutchman on loan for the 2021-22 season, before a potential purchase. According to Il Tempo, Roma will receive €1m as a loan fee and a further €14m if the deal becomes permanent.
In fact, that will be the case if Kluivert makes a certain number of appearances and Nice qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League.