August 28, 2018 / 3:55 PM / 21 days ago

Roma midfielder Strootman joins Marseille

(Reuters) - AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has joined Olympique de Marseille in a permanent move, the Italian Serie A club said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Jul 31, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman (6) controls the ball against FC Barcelona during an International Champions Cup soccer match at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The French Ligue 1 club paid 25 million euros (£22.7 million) for the Netherlands international, capped 41 times.

The 28-year-old Strootman left Roma five years after joining the club from PSV Eindhoven. He made 32 league appearances last season, scoring one goal.

Marseille, ninth in the standings, travel to 10th-placed AS Monaco in the league on Sunday. Both teams have earned four points from three games this season.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia, editing by Ed Osmond

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