Rome - Former England defender Ashley Cole has arrived in
Italy for a medical with AS Roma and is expected to sign a two-year deal with
the Serie A club.
"Welcome to Rome, Ashley", said the Italian club
on its official Twitter feed, publishing a photo of the former Chelsea player
on his arrival at Fiumicino airport on Monday morning.
According to the Italian media, left-back Cole is set to
sign a two-year deal worth 2.3 million euro ($3.13 million) a year, with an
option for a third season, as Roma look to strengthen their squad ahead of
their return to the Champions League next season.
Chelsea said goodbye to Cole last week after his
trophy-laden eight years at Stamford Bridge where he won the Premier League,
Champions League and Europa League, as well four FA Cup titles.
Roma are also close to signing Fenerbahce's
Salih Ucan, with the 20-year-old midfielder set to sign a two-year loan deal
with an option to buy for a reported fee of 11 million euro ($14.98 million).
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