Newcastle loan striker Seydou Doumbia officially becomes an AS Roma player once again in a few days time.
The five month loan period was disastrous for all parties: as Newcastle were relegated, AS Roma still have an expensive asset that they can’t get rid of, whilst the player himself only got 29 minutes of football on Tyneside.
No sooner will he be an AS Roma player once again, only to then be loaned out once again according to reports from Italy.
Gianluca di Marzio of Sky Sports in Italy says that Seydou Doumbia will be going to FC Basel for his third loan spell in a row. The Swiss club winning the league as usual, this time by 14 points, guaranteeing them Champions League football once again.
After paying £12m for the striker in January 2015, AS Roma only gave the Ivory Coast striker six Serie A starts (two goals) before deciding he wasn’t for them. A loan back to CSKA Moscow followed, before moving on to Newcastle.
Di Marzio reports that FC Basel have agreed to cover all of Doumbia’s wages and also pay a loan fee for a year of 2m euros.
The only thing to be agreed upon will be the clause for a permanent deal that AS Roma are insisting is part of the deal.
Seydou Doumbia turns 29 in December and AS Roma are determined to try and recoup as much as possible and get the player off their books permanently. When at Newcastle, it was claimed in Italy that United had agreed to pay 22m euros if the striker made 10 appearances, something which he obviously never came close to.
Scoring a bucketload of goals in Russia when at CSKA Moscow in his two spells, previous to that he was in Switzerland with Young Boys and scored a remarkable 50 goals in only 37 league starts (plus 27 sub appearances).