Roma confirm arrival of talented Lamela

After weeks of speculation, AS Roma have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Erik Lamela from Argentina's CA River Plate for a transfer fee of €12m.

Eril Lamela celebrates after scoring for Argentina U-20s against Mexico
Eril Lamela celebrates after scoring for Argentina U-20s against Mexico ©Getty Images

AS Roma have finally announced the signing of attacking midfielder Erik Lamela from CA River Plate for €12m.

The 18-year-old, who is representing Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, has agreed a five-year contract with the Giallorossi, who face ŠK Slovan Bratislava in the UEFA Europa League play-offs later this month.

Lamela, who won his first senior Argentina cap in a friendly against Paraguay in May, joined River Plate in 2008 but had only made two league appearances as a substitute before last season, when he gave a series of impressive displays in 31 top-flight starts.

Roma, who appointed Luis Enrique as their new coach after finishing sixth in Serie A last season, have also signed Bojan Krkić, Gabriel Heinze, José Ángel Valdés, Loïc Nego and Maarten Stekelenburg this summer.