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 By Ben Gladwell

Roma sign Sassuolo's Gregoire Defrel on loan with option to buy

Roma have confirmed the arrival of striker Gregoire Defrel from Sassuolo on an initial loan deal which could become permanent and reach a total fee of €23 million.

Defrel, who scored 12 goals in 29 Serie A appearances last season, has signed a five-year contract with the Giallorossi, according to an announcement on their website.

Roma have paid €5m for the initial loan deal and they will be obliged to pay a further €15m if certain conditions are met during his loan. Should the club reach certain stipulated objectives during his time with them, up to €3m in additional bonus payments will also be owing, taking the potential total transfer fee to €23m.

"It means a lot to me to be able to play for Roma," the 26-year-old said. "I'm going to be part of a very strong group, one of the best teams in Italy. I'm delighted to be here and I will give my all for the team."

Defrel scored a total of 23 goals in 73 games for Sassuolo, including five appearances and two goals in the Europa League last season.

He previously played for Foggia and Cesena and was one of new Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco's main targets after he moved from Sassuolo to Roma this summer.

"I'm really happy to finally have Gregoire in our squad," Roma's sporting director Monchi said. "He was a priority for us because he is exactly the type of striker we were looking for.

"He can play in three different positions, he's quick, he plays for the team, he gives us depth and he has a great nose for goal."

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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