While we had some faint hopes that new Roma manager José Mourinho would make use of Alessandro Florenzi, once Roma's former captain returned from his Euro 2020 duties, it became clear as day: His time with Roma was done. Rather than joining his Giallorossi teammates for their summer training sessions in Portugal, Florenzi trained on his own as he waited for official word on his next stop.
After spending the spring of 2020 on loan with Valencia in Spain, Florenzi then made the surprising switch to PSG for the 2020-2021 season. And with two goals in his first five appearances, the Parisiens seemed poised to exercise their €9 million option on Florenzi. However, with his performances dipping in the spring, PSG ultimately decided to pass on Florenzi, opting instead to spend €60 million on former Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi.
While there were some intermittent whispers that Florenzi would simply trade places with Hakimi at Inter, he's actually heading to Milan's other club. Earlier today, Roma officially confirmed that the 30-year-old full-back will spend the coming season on loan with AC MIlan.
From the official release:
Florenzi, 30, joins the Rossoneri on a temporary basis until 30 June 2022. The deal also includes an option for the transfer to be made permanent.
A product of the club’s academy system, Florenzi made his debut for Roma in May 2011. Over the last two seasons the Italy international has spent time on loan at Spanish side Valencia (January 2020 - June 2020) and French club Paris Saint-Germain (2020-21 season).
Everyone at AS Roma would like to wish Alessandro the best of luck for this new adventure.
While the club didn't confirm the financial aspects of this deal, Milan reportedly has a €5 million option to make the transfer permanent next June. Florenzi, who was unveiled by Milan earlier today, will wear the number 25 shirt for the Rossoneri.