ROMA confirm their latest signing using FIFA 17, confusion as two clubs announce the same signing, and Chelsea blasts Fiorentina of the Mohammed Salah transfer saga.
It’s a special transfers edition of Paper Talk!
ROMA ANNOUNCE SIGNING WITH FIFA 17
Player signing announcements have entered a new sphere.
Rather then sharing a photo or video of Roma’s new player Lorenzo Pellegrini, the Serie A club announced the transfer using FIFA 17.
The Italian club tweeted a clip of Pellegrini (unknown to the audience) playing a virtual FIFA football game between two Roma teams.
When a goal is scored, the virtual FIFA player celebrates by pointing to the name on his back – “Pellegrini”.
The camera then pans to reveal that Pellegrini was controlling the virtual player, before the 21-year-old fist-pumps and says: “Forza Roma”.
Watch the announcement in the video at the top.
Pellegrini, a former Roma academy graduate, returns to Roma after two seasons with Sassuolo for a fee of 10m euros ($ 11.4m).
“We are proud to be able to bring Lorenzo home,” said Roma sporting director Monchi, who was instrumental in appointing former Sassuolo coach Eusebio di Francesco as the club’s new boss last week.
“Over the last two years Lorenzo has gained valuable experience with Sassuolo, and we are sure he will contribute to the growth and improvement of this team.”
Pellegrini, who will wear the No. 7 shirt, said: “It is an incredible feeling to come back. This was my objective from the moment I went to Sassuolo. It is the culmination of a great two-year journey with them.”
Pellegrini made a total of 54 appearances for Sassuolo, scoring six goals and providing seven assists in 28 Serie A games last term.
Earlier in June he made his full international debut for Italy, before helping their under-21 side reach the semi-finals of the ongoing European Championship in Poland.
MOOY’S FIRST INTERVIEW AFTER SIGNING
In his first interview since the announcement, Mooy speaks of his admiration for his manager, David Wagner, teammates, and dream of playing in the Premier League.
TWO CLUBS ANNOUNCE THE SAME SIGNING
There’s been confusion in the Irish Premiership with both Linfield and Crusaders claiming to have signed Josh Robinson from York City.
The 24-year-old joined York from Crusaders, but mutually agreed to a release from City after one year.
Crusaders announced that Robinson had signed a four-year deal with all the relevant documentation sent to the Irish FA, but an hour earlier, Linfield tweeted that Robinson had signed a three-year contract with their club.
A York spokesperson has told Sky Sports News HQ: “I can confirm that Josh has been released from York City by mutual consent. We are not sure which club he has subsequently joined so, to be on the safe side, we’ll take the ‘don’t know’ option!”
According to Sky, the Irish FA is currently investigating which club has the player’s rights.
CHELSEA BLAST FIORENTINA OVER SALAH SAGA
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and Chelsea have been cleared of any wrongdoing over the player’s move to Fiorentina for the second half of the 2014-15 season.
The Serie A club said a there was a breach of Salah’s contract when he moved to Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season, in a deal that later became permanent.
The complaint was rejected by FIFA in May 2016, and now the Court of Arbitration for Sport has made the same decision.
A CAS statement read: “CAS has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision issued by the FIFA dispute resolution chamber on May 26, 2016 (FIFA DRC) in which Fiorentina’s claim for compensation of Euros 32 million was rejected.
“The CAS panel found that the player did not breach the employment agreement by returning to Chelsea FC after June 30, 2015 and that Chelsea FC did not induce the player to terminate the employment agreement without just cause.
“Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal and confirmed the FIFA DRC decision.”
But Chelsea believe it was an attempt by Fiorentina to try and “extort” money from the Blues.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “Chelsea’s position throughout this case was that Fiorentina had acted in bad faith in bringing a claim which was totally unfounded.”
“We are pleased that the CAS panel came to the same conclusion, with Fiorentina’s case rejected in full and costs awarded to Chelsea and the player.
“We look forward to the full decision being published so that everyone can see the lengths that Fiorentina were prepared to go to in order to extort large sums of money from Chelsea and the player.”