Roma announce Angelino arrival on loan from RB Leipzig

Roma have completed the loan signing of Angelino until the end of the season, after which they will have an option to buy the left-back.

Angelino, who recently turned 27, was already on loan away from RB Leipzig at Galatasaray and the spell has now been interrupted in order to bring him to Serie A for the first time in his career.

English fans will be most aware of him as a former Manchester City player, although he only ever made 15 appearances for that club.

He left them for RB Leipzig in January 2020 and has been on the Bundesliga side’s books ever since.

This is the third time they have loaned him out, though, after his previous stints at Hoffenheim and Galatasaray.

Roma are his new takers, having identified a need for a new left-back due to Leonardo Spinazzola approaching the end of his time with the club and there being the prospect of Daniele De Rossi using a back four more often, thus ruling out Nicola Zalewski as an option to rotate with the Italy international.

And unlike Spinazzola, Angelino is naturally left-footed, so in theory should bring more balance to that flank of the defence.

Ahead of his new challenge, Angelino told “When I heard the word Roma, I didn’t hesitate. Today, I’m proud to be a part of a great club with an incredible history and a team full of champions.

“I’m excited to meet the coach and my new teammates and put myself at their disposal.”

He will wear the number 69 shirt for Roma, who have the right to make his transfer permanent in the summer if he impresses for a fee believed to be just €5m.

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