OFFICIAL: Roma send unwanted midfielder back to Spain

The French midfielder has failed to impress since his time at Lyon.

Granada have completed the season-long loan signing of Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, who spent last season at Sevilla.

As outlined by Marca, the loan fee stands at €2 million while the Andalusian club also hold an option to sign the player permanently for €4 million.

AS Roma can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Spanish club Granada CF for the loan of midfielder Maxime Gonalons“, a statement on Roma’s website confirms.

Gonalons has been heavily linked with several clubs this summer, including Girondins de Bordeaux, Lille, Stade Rennais, Shakhtar Donetsk, RC Lens, Galatasaray and Besiktas. The France international joined Sevilla on a season-long loan deal from Roma last summer as Steven N’Zonzi moved to the Italian side in a permanent move.

However, his spell was hit by a devastating leg break which sidelined him from action for six months, and he return to the Italian capital this summer. The Frenchman moved to Roma from Olympique Lyonnais for a fee of €5 million in 2017 but went on to play just 23 times for the Giallorossi.

“I am very happy to be here and I hope to contribute a lot”, the Roma loanee said during his presentation.

“I accepted the offer of Granada because this club was very interested in me and I like the spirit of family here. I want to continue progressing here after having been in important clubs where I have gained a lot of experience. This club is growing in the short and long term, which is important to me.”

He is the third Monchi midfield signing to leave the Olimpico this summer after Nzonzi and Ante Coric, the latter of whom has also moved to Andalusia – to join Almeria in the second tier.

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