Thursday September 17 2020
Official: Kumbulla signs for Roma

Marash Kumbulla has completed his transfer to Roma on a two-year loan with obligation to buy, with Mert Cetin, Matteo Cancellieri and Aboudramane Diaby going to Hellas Verona.

“Roma represents an opportunity, and a challenge, impossible to turn down,” Kumbulla told the official club website.

“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.”

The 20-year-old centre-back, who was born and raised in Italy but plays international football for Albania, had been at the centre of a bidding war between Lazio, Napoli and Inter.

However, Roma struck a deal that, assuming all the various transfers are completed, will cost €13.5m to the Giallorossi.

“Kumbulla, 20, joins the club from Hellas Verona on an initial two-year loan deal that runs until 30 June 2022,” read a statement.

“As part of the negotiations, two-year loan arrangements for players Mert Cetin, Matteo Cancellieri and Aboudramane Diaby to go in the opposite direction and join Verona have also been agreed.

“When the costs of all loans are weighed against each other, the net cost to Roma is €2 million.

“The overall transaction also includes various obligations, based on the meeting of certain targets, to make all four transfers permanent.

“Assuming the four deals are all completed, the net cost to the Giallorossi will be €13.5m.

“The deal for Kumbulla also includes a number of specific performance-related bonuses, based on the achievements of both the player and the club, that are worth up to a maximum of €3.5m.

“Should the conditions be met to make the transfer permanent, Kumbulla has agreed a contract with the club that runs until 30 June 2025.”

He will wear the No. 24 shirt and could make his debut against his old club, as Roma open the Serie A season against Verona this weekend.


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