Roma snap up Porto defender

Ivan Marcano has signed a three-year contract with Serie A side AS Roma.

The 30-year-old joins after 157 appearances for FC Porto, who he leaves after four seasons.

A former Racing Santander, Villarreal and Rubin Kazan defender, Marcano has also spent time on loan with Olympiacos where he won the Greek League twice.

He revealed his delight at joining the Giallorossi, fresh from winning the 2017/18 Portuguese Primeira Liga.

He told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to be here, because Roma is a great club that is moving in the right direction, following a clear sporting project.”

Under head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma finish third in their recently completed campaign, last winning the league in 2000/01.

Marcano continued: “I also believe that the footballing philosophy of the team will fit well with my strengths and characteristics.”

Roma sporting director Monchi added: “The signing of Ivan Marcano is the addition of a player who will bring his quality, his physical strength and his vast experience to the club.

“I wish him all the luck in the world with this new adventure.”

The signing of Marcano follows that of Croatian midfielder Ante Coric. The 21-year-old joined from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for a reported €6 million on a five-year contract.

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