Official: Roma win race to sign Marash Kumbulla from Verona

Roma have completed the signing of Marash Kumbulla from Hellas Verona.

Kumbulla arrives on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy depending on certain targets.

As part of the deal, Mert Cetin’s loan to Verona has been extended into a second year, while youth products Matteo Cancellieri and Aboudramane Diaby also join them on two-year loans.

Like Kumbulla to Roma, the trio will become permanent Verona players eventually. All four operations will combine to a net cost of €13.5m for the Giallorossi, in addition to a net €2m for the loans and up to €3.5m net in bonuses.

Kumbulla has signed a five-year contract with Roma.

The centre-back, 20, rose to prominence with Hellas Verona last season. After gaining promotion to Serie A, the Gialloblu managed to finish in the top half – with their defensive unit a key part of their success.

Kumbulla’s form has seen him attract many potential suitors, including Inter Milan and Tottenham – but it is Roma who have won the race.

The Albanian international, who was born in Italy, told the club website how happy he was to have made the step up to Roma.

He said: “Roma represents an opportunity, and a challenge, impossible to turn down.

“I was convinced by the plan the club has in place and I had no hesitations about making this choice – I will do everything to ensure I don’t disappoint those who have shown their belief in me.”

So far, Kumbulla has made 25 appearances in Serie A, scoring one goal.

He will wear the number 24 shirt vacated by Alessandro Florenzi.

Benvenuto, Marash.

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