posted on May, 19 2003 @ 10:45 AM
Dacourt set for Italian job as clubs agree deal
Roma claim they have agreed a deal with Leeds for the permanent transfer of French midfielder Olivier Dacourt to the Italian capital.
Roma sporting director Franco Baldini has revealed that 28-year-old Dacourt had agreed personal terms on a three-year deal and said he expected the
move to be finalised later on Monday or Tuesday.
"Dacourt will stay in Rome until 2006,'' said Baldini. "I have sent a fax to Leeds this [Monday] morning regarding our talks last week and the deal
should be officialised between today [Monday] or tomorrow [Tuesday].''
Dacourt joined the Giallorossi club in January on loan from Leeds for whom he signed three years previously from French club Lens for £7.2.
Both clubs initially agreed to a transfer fee of £4.2m if Roma opted to take up their option to sign the player at the end of the loan deal.
However, the Italians have succeeded in bringing the fee down slightly.
"The amount agreed is slightly lower than the amount previously requested by Leeds and there will not be any Roma players included in the agreement,''
Negotiations regarding the player's transfer began last week with both clubs wanting to reach an agreement.
Dacourt has made 15 league appearances for the Rome outfit and has been a regular in Fabio Capello's line-up and the talented coach was keen to keep
the French international.