Who can forget Gerson posing with that #10 Roma shirt? The hype was real. Way back in the summer of 2016 the Brazilian teen was projected to be the next big thing. Walter Sabatini was able to lure the 19-year-old to Italian capital, beating out competition from a number of European sides. Gerson was brought over from Fluminese for a fee of €18 million Euros at just 19 years of age. It was a hefty sum for a teenager, but it still felt like a coup for Roma.
Unfortunately for all parties involved, things didn’t pan out for Gerson in Rome. Consequently, the Gerson-Roma story has officially ended, just three disappointing seasons on the Italian peninsula later. For its part, Roma will recoup €11.8 million in the sale, as well as 10% of any future profit on the sale of the player. Not quite the plusvalenza one would’ve imagined when he was first brought to the capital.
The 22-year-old spent the past season on loan with Fiorentina, making 36 appearances and scoring three goals. Despite showing some improvement during the loan spell, it wasn’t enough for him to find his way back into Roma’s plans. Prior to last season, Gerson spent two seasons with Roma making 42 total appearances, scoring two goals.
I’ll leave you with our tweet from earlier which sums up Gerson’s Roma career quite fittingly.
The brevity of the club's official statement on Gerson's transfer tells you all you need to know about his Roma career.— Chiesa di Totti (@chiesaditotti) July 12, 2019