Ashley Cole has joined AS Roma on a Bosman from Chelsea where the 33-year-oid defender has signed a two-year deal.
“AS Roma SpA announce that a two-year contract, with an expiry of 20 June 2016, has been signed with the footballer Ashley Cole. The agreement also includes the option, on the part of the club, to extend the contract by a further season.”
Cole has spent the last eight season, making 338 appearances, and winning the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and FA Cup. He joins a Roma side that pushed Juventus close for the Serie A title last season, finishing second to secure a return to the Champions League next season after a three-year absence.
It was a busy day of transfer releated news at Stadio Olimpico as Cole’s signature came only moments after Salih Ucan had also put pen to paper on a one-year loan move from Fenerbahce.
Ucan’s short-term deal will cost Roma 4.75 million euros and includes the option for a further one-season loan without any extra payment.
Should Roma then wish to make his move permanent, they would have to spend a further 11 million euros, from the 2016-17 season, to acquire the Turkey international outright.
Ucan and Cole become the second and third new players in Rudi Garcia’s squad next season, after the arrival of Seydou Keita. Urby Emanuelson is also expected to join on a free from AC Milan while Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado is another target.