July 17, 2019 / 5:21 PM / a month ago

AS Roma sign defender Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Atalanta v Inter Milan - Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy - November 11, 2018 Inter Milan's Keita Balde in action with Atalanta's Gianluca Mancini REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo

(Reuters) - AS Roma have signed Italy defender Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta in a deal that could be worth up to 23 million euros (£20.7 million), the Rome-based Serie A club said on Wednesday here

Roma will sign Mancini on an initial one-year loan deal for a fee of 2 million euros but subsequently have to make the 23-year-old’s move permanent for an additional 13 million euros.

The deal also includes a number of performance-related clauses worth a maximum of 8 million euros.

“The arrival of Gianluca allows us to boost our defensive options with a young defender that has great talent and is coming off a very impressive season,” AS Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi said in a statement.

Mancini, capped twice by Italy, made 30 league appearances last season, scoring five goals.

The Fiorentina youth product made his move to the Bergamo-based club permanent last year.

If Mancini moves to another club, Roma will have to pay Atalanta 10% of any potential future profit made on the player.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Toby Davis

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