AS Roma have completed the signing of Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia from CSKA Moscow. The 27-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, and has moved for a fee of €14.4m.
Doumbia, who played in Switzerland and Japan before moving to Russia, will be tasked with replacing Mattia Destro, who has joined AC Milan earlier this month after falling out of favour in Rome. Announcing the signing, Roma moved to allay fears concerning their new forward's unusual career path:
It's often said that the Russian and Swiss leagues are not the most competitive in the world, but a cursory glance at Doumbia's European scoring record makes light work of that accusation: the Ivorian has racked up 19 goals in 27 Europa League and Champions League appearances. Counting the Champions League alone, Doumbia has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances. It's an impressive résumé, one that leaves little doubt that the Giallorossi have acquired a proven, prolific goalscorer.
However, there will be a slight delay. Doumbia is currently in Equatorial Guinea with the Ivory Coast national team, who have advanced to the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations. He'll head to Italy once the Elephants' campaign has ended.