AS Roma are set to sign free agent Andrea Belloti, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Italian club has been actively interested in the transfer for a long time and now the deal is done barring the official announcement.
Roma Set to Sign Andrea Belloti
The towering Italian striker has been one of Roma’s priority targets as deadline day draws closer. The negotiations have dragged on for a long time as Roma needed to offload some of their backup strikers to onboard the former Torino marksman. Felix Afena-Gyan will now complete a permanent move to newly promoted Cremonese giving way to the Italian target man.
AS Roma are now closing on Andrea Belotti deal as free agent. Felix Afena Gyan joins Cremonese on permanent deal for €6m plus €3m add-ons, so Roma will now be able to complete Belotti deal. 🚨🟡🔴 #ASRoma
Verbal agreement already in place between Roma and Belotti since weeks. pic.twitter.com/acV5YClBCP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2022
The Ghanaian youngster wasn’t particularly keen on the move at the start. The whistles from the Stadio Olimpico crowd and social media insults must have contributed to his eventual decision. The player was reported to be responsible for Georginio Wijnaldum’s injury.
What Next for Andrea Belloti?
The Italian target man is regarded as one of the best strikers in Serie A over the last few years. Although the striker had a lacklustre season last season by his previous standards, he still finished as the top scorer for Torino and could reach the ceiling of his career at Roma.
The forward was on the brink of a move to the Premier League in 2017 but was priced out of his dream by Torino. According to Sky, Torino rejected a £56 million transfer offer from Arsenal during his spectacular breakthrough season.
Andrea Belloti now has his move to a big European club and with Jose Mourinho at the helm, he has all the elements to reach the top echelons of football.
Roma will be seeking to mount a title challenge this season. Bellotti could prove to be the final piece of the puzzle after the acquisitions of Georginio Wijnaldum and Paulo Dybala.