By Alex Taylor
Federico Fazio has joined Roma from Tottenham on a loan-to-buy deal, it was announced on Wednesday night.
The Argentine defender, 29, has joined initially on a season-long loan that will cost Roma £1million.
Roma revealed on their official website that the contract also includes the option to make the transfer permanent for a further £2.7million in a year’s time depending upon the completion of certain sporting targets.
Fazio signed a contract with the Giallorossi on Wednesday, after arriving in the Italian capital on Tuesday evening.
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“I am very happy to join a great team like Roma,” Fazio told the Roma website. “I really want to start training and get to know my new teammates and coach.”
Football Insider revealed early this summer that the centre-back is one of seven senior players that have been told they can leave White Hart Lane in the final weeks of the summer window.
His exit from White Hart Lane comes even though centre-back Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks with an ankle injury sustained playing for Belgium at Euro 2016 last month.
Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will likely form a partnership in the heart of the Spurs defence in Vertonghen’s absence but the club lack senior cover in the position, and could be reliant upon inexperienced youth team players.
Fazio, who joined Tottenham from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of £8million, has two more years to run on his contract with the north Londoners.
But the centre-back struggled for game time in his second season at Spurs and was loaned out to his former club Sevilla in the January transfer window.
Fazio was also a bit-part player in Spain and played just four times in La Liga and only twice in the Europa League during his loan spell at Sevilla, and a move to Roma could reignite his faltering career.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Swansea are interested in a move for the club’s £7million attacker.