Real Valladolid have signed Italian former under-21 international Daniele Verde, on a season-long loan from Roma.
The Naples-native, now 22-years-old, joins until 30th June, 2019 with an option to buy. A versatile player, Verde is primarily a right-winger but – being left-footed – can also play on the opposite flank too, as well as being able to play as a striker.
This ability to adapt to different roles during his first season in Spain will be invaluable to a club with less resources than others in the league.
After making the step up to the first team squad in Rome in 2015, he has spent loan periods with Frosinone, Pescara, Avellino and – most recently – Hellas Verona where he contributed four goals and three assists in 33 matches across league and cup competitions.
He made his debut for the Italian under-21 team in August 2015 aged 19 and went on to represent them in ten matches, scoring one goal.
Verde becomes only the second player born in Italy to don the white and violet jersey, behind Fausto Rossi who played for Real Valladolid while on loan from Juventus in the 2013/14 season and is best remembered for scoring the only goal of the game when his side beat Barcelona at the José Zorrilla.
The club are also reported to be interested in Juan Agudelo, currently playing in the United States for New England Revolution of the MLS.
Agudelo was born in Manizales, Colombia, but is a U.S. citizen and has represented the national side 28 times. He is a centre forward with over 207 matches to his name. The 25-year-old is contracted to the Revolution until December of this year.