Roma secure signing of star defender Mancini from Atalanta

Roma have completed the signing of Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta on loan with an obligation to buy.

The defender joins on a one-year loan costing €2m, before a permanent transfer next summer worth €13m plus €8m in bonuses. It’s a similar deal to the one that Roma used to take Bryan Cristante from the same club last summer – and is notably cheaper than the figures that had been suggested in recent reports.

Atalanta will receive 10% of any profit that Roma make on the player in a potential future sale.

Mancini, who made his senior Italy debut this year, has signed a contract until 2024, and told “Joining a prestigious club like Roma is a proud moment for me, and the culmination of all the hard work put in ever since I first started to play football.

“I cannot wait to get started on this new adventure.”

The 23-year-old was a frequently-used member of the Atalanta squad that earned an unlikely Champions League qualification last summer. He has also played for Perugia in the past, and came through the youth ranks at Fiorentina.

Mancini counts former Inter Milan and Italy defender Marco Materazzi as his idol, and wore the number 23 shirt at Atalanta in his honour. The number was last worn at Roma by Gregoire Defrel.

Benvenuto, Gianluca.

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