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Reports: Roma to Sign Dean Huijsen on Loan From Juventus, Luigi Cherubini Heading to Juve on “Unrelated” Deal

The 18-year-old defender will arrive in Rome on a dry loan, with no option to make the move permanent.

Juventus v AS Roma - Serie A TIM Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

In an effort to bolster their defense ahead of a stretch of critical fixtures and with the club down center-backs Evan Ndicka (international duty), Chris Smalling (injury), and Marash Kumbulla (injury), Roma have searched high and wide for short-term help. From Leonardo Bonucci to Nino to Oumar Solet, the Giallorossi have been linked to an interesting array of defenders, but I'm not sure many of us expected today's development.

According to all the usual Italian transfer experts, Roma is set to acquire 18-year-old Dutch defender Dean Huijsen on a dry loan from Juventus. Huijsen, who made his Serie A debut earlier this season in a 13-minute cameo against Milan, will arrive in the Eternal City on a six-month, €700,000 dry loan with no option to make the move permanent.

Now, here is where the water gets a bit muddier. If you've been tracking the story online this morning, you've no doubt noticed that some sources claimed that Roma was sending Primavera winger Luigi Cherubini the other way to complete the deal. However, in the stream of nonsense that Twitter has become, there is some uncertainty about whether Cherubini's move to Juventus was a dry loan, a loan with an option, or a straight sale.

To that end, we'll turn to Fabrizio Romano again:

In a report that's been corroborated by Gianluca Di Marzio, Cherubini, a 19-year-old winger who made his debut in the Europa League earlier this season, will head to Juventus on loan in an “unrelated” deal. Although, as Romano was quick to note, Juventus may continue to press Roma to make the deal permanent.

What benefit Roma would reap from selling a talented teenager to Juventus is beyond me, but while we await news on Cherubini, the good news is that Roma has landed another defender for the second half of the season. The bad news is that he's 18, has no experience, and will leave the club in June. That heaps an awful lot of pressure on a young player and even more on José Mourinho, whose call to Juventus reportedly sealed the move.

Will Mourinho really trust a kid this green when his job may potentially be on the line?

We'll soon find out...

Update

Well, it looks like Cherubini is going to Juventus permanently after all, with Roma retaining 50% of any future sale. I'm struggling to make sense of this deal at the moment.