Viña to join Roma: ‘A dream coming true’

Matías Viña says his imminent move to Roma is a dream coming true and that ‘it will be an honour to be coached by José Mourinho.’

The Uruguay international is expected to land in Rome for his medicals this week, perhaps even as early as Thursday.

The 23-year-old is looking forward to moving to the Stadio Olimpico, where he will be coached by José Mourinho, who has signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi.

“For me, this is a dream coming true. Roma is a top club. It will be an honour to be coached by Mourinho,” the defender said, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

It will be a move worth €11m plus up to €2.5m in various bonuses.

As part of his original move to Palmeiras, his former club Nacional de Montevideo are also due to receive 40 per cent of the fee, so circa €4.4m.

Viña will replace Italy international Leonardo Spinazzola who sustained an Achilles tendon injury during UEFA Euro 2020 and is expected to remain out of action for six months.

Spinazzola had a brilliant EURO 2020 campaign and was named in the Team of the Tournament as the Azzurri lifted the continental trophy at Wembley Stadium.