Deal done: Mert Çetin joining Hellas Verona


Roma defender Mert Çetin is set to join fellow Serie A side Hellas Verona.

The Turk defender will join the Veneto-based outfit on loan with an option to buy with the Giallorossi possessing a counter-option worth €15 million, according to Sky Sport.

The 23 year-old joined the Giallorossi last summer from Turkish side Gençlerbirliği for a fee of €3 million. As part of the agreement, Gençlerbirliği also retain a right to 10% of any future transfer fee in the event the player is sold for a sum exceeding €5m.

Çetin has made only five appearances for Roma this season, however, those at the club hold him in incredibly high esteem. Manager Paulo Fonseca blocked the youngster from leaving in January as he cited his versatility at the back as one of the main factors for doing so.

The move to Verona will allow Çetin to play more consistently as he found himself stuck behind the likes of Chris Smalling, Roger Ibañez, Gianluca Mancini, and Federico Fazio this season.

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