Roma have completed the signing of Uzbek striker Eldor Shomurodov from Genoa.
Shomurodov only arrived in Italian football last year, scoring eight goals from 31 appearances (16 of which were starts) in his debut Serie A season.
Jose Mourinho wanted another forward among his ranks to compete with Edin Dzeko and Borja Mayoral and rather than going for a big name in terms of profile, he has gone for a big name in terms of spelling.
Mourinho already knew Shomurodov and now gets the chance to work with the 26-year-old at his new club.
Shomurodov, who has scored 21 goals from 44 international caps for Uzbekistan and has also played club football in Russia in the past, has signed a contract until 2026 and will wear the number 14 shirt.
Roma have signed him for a fee of €17.5m plus potential add-ons, while Genoa may be entitled to a share of the future profits from a sale.
Shomurodov told the club website: “Joining Roma represents a huge step forward in my career – I will do everything I can to show I deserve this opportunity and to demonstrate what I can do at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“The speed in which this deal was agreed is testament to my desire to be able to join up with the coach and my new teammates and get to work as soon as possible.”