We've covered this transfer rumor nearly every step of the way, and while none of the details were exactly secretive, we might as well discuss it now that the move has become official. Now, onto the particulars: Roma and Genoa have agreed to an initial one year loan, with an upfront cost of €1 million, which can and will escalate up to €10 million once certain clauses (appearances) are met.
Per the official club release:
AS Roma are delighted to announce the signing of Diego Perotti. The club has reached an agreement with Genoa Cricket and F.C. S.p.A. to take the forward on loan until 30 June 2017 for a fee of €1m.
The deal includes an option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of €9 million as of the 2017-18 campaign, which will be triggered by certain performance-related clauses.
While that's pretty standard corporate speak, the "performance-related clauses" always remains open for interpretation. In this case, it is widely believed that this deal becomes permanent after one appearance, which, given that he's already on the squad list, may happen as soon as tomorrow against Sassuolo.
Perotti, 27-years-old, was once a pretty well regarded prospect but hasn't really lived up to that billing, so this is perhaps his best and last chance to really make something of his career. While Perotti is ostensibly a wide player, he's best known for his touch and skill on the ball, so it's conceivable that he can play three or four positions for Luciano Spalletti.
Is €10 million too much for a player who's already reached his ceiling? Yeah, probably, but he remains an intriguing addition to this squad, for no other reason than he increases the options available to Spalletti, but in the broader sense, it's yet another questionable transaction from Roma's increasingly embattled DS, Walter Sabatini.
Welcome to the fold, Diego.