Leandro Paredes will join AS Roma following months of speculation on his future.
The 19-year-old has been repeatedly compared with Juan Roman Riquelme – duly titled ‘The Heir’ in reference to the former Barcelona and Villareal man.
Yet the Italian capital had emerged as his most likely destination towards the end of 2013 with the Giallorossi keen to add further young talent to their ranks.
And this existing relationship with representative Pablo Sabbag is understood to have aided the process of netting another promising Argentine.
The teenager has been plagued by injuries of late – missing three months with a tear in his ankle and fracturing a bone in his right foot – but the Stadio Olimpico outfit haven’t been put off in their pursuit.
“Paredes leaves tomorrow [Monday], we have authorised his departure for Italy,” he said.
“He will be on loan to Roma because he has no place here and wants to grow professionally.
“Is this a loan? Yes, so that he can recover from his last injury.”
The deal is believed to be for an 18-month loan, an initial spell which will cost Roma €250,000, with the option to purchase outright set at €4.5 million.
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