Roma and PSV reach agreement on Kevin Strootman

Richard Heathcote

Kevin Strootman is expected to arrive in Rome on Wednesday to undergo a medical with AS Roma after PSV reached agreement with the Italian side.

According to PSV's official website, AS Roma have reached an agreement with the Dutch club over the transfer of midfielder Kevin Strootman. With an agreed fee of €17m plus potential for bonuses, the club has deemed the deal as "one of the most lucrative transfers in the history of PSV".

Lucrative for PSV, yes, but the signing of Strootman is an expensive deal for Roma, a club with financial difficulties that's not playing in Europe this season and not likely to see Champions League in the next. But the Dutchman adds a piece of the giallorossi puzzle, that of the central midfielder that can control a match and ease pressure on the oh so shaky defense. With Roma's puzzle having been lying scattered over the past couple seasons, without even all the edge pieces connected to make that frame that's so essential when creating the final picture, it's apparent that the club have finally realized it's ok to spend a few bucks on essential upgrades.

Strootman arrives in Rome for his medical on Wednesday, so assuming all goes well, expect to see him holding up a Roma shirt before the day is done.

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