Saturday July 9 2011
Lamela to Roma today

River Plate talent Erik Lamela is expected to complete his €12m transfer to Roma today.

The player has already said goodbye to the River fans through his Twitter feed.

“I love you all. I thank you for the support you've always given, helping me grow day by day. I will never forget you.”

There were even reports the announcement would arrive late Friday night, but there were delays.

President Daniel Passarella will fly in to Rome overnight and the clubs are waiting for him to personally oversee the move.

There were also question marks over how the payment would be spread out in instalments.

It also poses a problem that Lamela does not have an EU passport, but it's believed Ahmed Barusso will be sold to free up that space in the squad.

Lamela's father and three River Plate directors met with Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini for dinner on Friday to finalise the last details.

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