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Transfer: Turkish U21 Cetin joining Roma

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Fonseca’s revolution at Roma continues, with Turkish prodigy Cetin

According to Footbal-Italia.net, the defender Mert Cetin is due in Rome at any time to conclude the deal.

The Turkish U21 international is joining from Turkish side Genclerbirligi. Who up until this past season were playing their football in the Turkish second division.

It is said Cetin was a huge part of the team’s promotion to the top flight.

He has made 63 senior appearances, an scored 2 goals.

The fee is rumoured to be in the 3 million Euro range.

He will join fellow Turkish compatriot Cengiz Under, who only as recently as last week, signed a  new contract to extend his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

This will take Fonseca and Roma’s spend for the summer so far over the 100 million Euro mark.

But what is very noticeable in this new look Roma side, is the focus on defenders.

They have brought in a new goalkeeper in Pau Lopez, a new left-back in Leonardo Spinazzola, and two defensive midfielders in Amadou Diawara and Bryan Cristante.

There has been talk of Roma bolstering their attacking options. Both Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez are under consideration.

They will also have to contend with their first season without club legend and linch-pin Daniele De Rossi. who left the club after almost 20 years.

Roma only managed to finish sixth last season. The Rome faithful will be expecting better this year.

They have missed out on Champions League football. But will be hoping for a good run in the Europa League, and a vast improvement in their league form.

They finished 24 points behind Serie A champions Juventus.

ROME, ITALY – MAY 26: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma greets the fans during his last match of the Serie A between AS Roma and Parma Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on May 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)