On Friday, it was reported that one time incredibly highly rated young versatile attacker, Justin Kluivert, had now completed a transfer away from Serie A side AS Roma, and made the move to English Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.
The son of former Dutch international striker, Patrick Kluivert, quickly gained headlines of his own coming through Ajax’s famed youth Academy set up as a winger, and in 2018 Roma legend Francesco Totti telephoned his dad, and the seeds for a reported 18.75 million Euros were planted, and Kluivert became the fifth Dutch player to ever represent the Italian side.
Later on in October, he became the youngest ever Roma player to score in a Champions League game and it was his first goal for the Giallorossi, and things were looking bright for the now two capped international. However, having made 68 league and European appearances for the side, he fell out of favour and has spent the last three seasons out on loan with RB Leipzig, Nice and Valencia.
There is obviously no way back for the player, and manager Jose Mourinho clearly does not see him as being in his plans moving forward, but given the claims that Bournemouth have only paid £9.6 million, Roma have taken quite a hit on their original outlay here.
Having already played in five different countries, the 24 year old will now arrive in England and he will be looking to get his career back on track given his more nomad years of moving from country to country.
As a youngster, he clearly had very good talent and Bournemouth will be hoping he can recapture that and become a big and important part of their side moving forward in the years to come as it is believed he has signed a long term contract – which does a certain amount of faith in him from the club.
Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake said the players arrival ‘is a sign of his ambition, which is matched by ours.’
“Justin is an exciting and versatile attacking player who has an eye for goal. He is pacey, direct and boasts a high level of technical ability. Although he only recently turned 24, Justin has a wealth of experience and has played domestically at the highest level in five different countries.”
It remains to be seen if this is a deal Roma grow to regret.
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