Roma continues to sign elite goalkeepers: €23,500,000 between the posts


“It’s basically impossible to say no to a club like Roma.” This's how the newcomer Pau Lopez has explained his signing with the Giallorossi for the club's website. And it seems like it was impossible for Roma not to sign a high-profile goalkeeper, as they were fully introduced to its importance with performances Allison gave to the club. And the difference his departure made.

Roma failed to reach Champions League football and while Robin Olson and Antonio Mirante weren't particularly to be blamed for that, the club decided that reinforcements were needed in the goal.

Lopez arrived from Real Betis for a heavy fee of €23,500,000, but one that was considerably smaller than what was being expected. Both Spanish and Italian media expected that the fee will be €30,000,000 and now there are speculations that Roma gave up on its 50% of Antonio Sanabria's next sale that it had.

The 24-year-old that has recorded one cap for Spain has signed a contract until 2024 and will wear the number 13.

The keeper started his career playing for Espanyol B, before being the club's main goalkeeper for two seasons. A quick loan to Tottenham didn't see him record any appearances and he was bought by Betis last summer.

Recording around Primera 100 caps, Lopez is known to the Spanish football fans, but he was polite enough to introduce himself to Romanistas.

"I try to enjoy my football out there and help the team by doing what the coach asks. I always try to do what is asked of me, even if the team is in a tough moment or facing a bit of adversity. I always try to stay cool and look to help the team by doing what’s asked of me. That’s what I try to do in order to help the team," said Lopez.

If Lopez backs up his words with good performances, Romanistas will have a new favourite.

“The coach spoke to us and he said he wanted an ambitious, courageous team. When we’re representing Roma, we have to remember that we’re representing a historic club with great fans and big ambitions. We have to give everything we have to make Roma as successful as possible. The only thing I can promise is that I’ll give everything for this club. can assure you that effort is one thing that I’ll never be lacking.”

Besides continuing its tradition of signing high-profile goalkeepers, Roma once again released a beautiful-looking shirt. Other newcomers Bryan Cristante, Leonardo Spinazzola, and Amadou Diawara will wear an away shirt inspired by the Roman god of the skies - Jupiter. As evident by the thunderbolt in Roma's colours.


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