Roma bring in Belotti on free transfer to add to attacking options

Roma have completed the signing of former Torino captain Andrea Belotti to add to their strike force.

Belotti was a free agent after his contract with Torino expired in the summer, giving Roma the chance to finally sign someone they seem to have been linked with for an eternity.

The Italy international used to be regularly mentioned as a potential successor to Edin Dzeko for Roma, who have now brought him in to play a supporting role to the Bosnian’s actual replacement, Tammy Abraham.

Belotti has signed a contract until 2023 with Roma, with an option for extension until 2025 that will activate depending on his gametime. He will wear the number 11 shirt recently vacated by Carles Perez.

The new arrival told the club’s official website: “Roma’s progress and ambition in recent times has been clear for all to see, and both elements have had a big influence on me.

“At this point in my career I want to continue to improve, day after day, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so representing this club.

“I now cannot wait to hear the club anthem at the stadium, in front of all our fans.”

Belotti is emerging from a season in which he scored eight goals from 22 Serie A games. In total across his Torino career, he scored 113 goals from 251 games across all competitions (including a century in the league).

For his country, Il Gallo has 12 goals from 44 caps, although he has never scored in the competition proper of a major international tournament.

Now, he will be hoping to take the next step in his career at the age of 28. Roma will be the most ambitious club he has ever represented after previous spells with AlbinoLeffe and Palermo.

Belotti is Roma’s fourth free signing of the summer after Nemanja Matic, Mile Svilar, and his former Palermo teammate Paulo Dybala.

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