Soccer-AS Roma sign Italy striker Belotti

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino v Inter Milan - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - March 13, 2022 Torino's Andrea Belotti in action REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo

(Reuters) - AS Roma have signed Italy striker Andrea Belotti as a free agent on a one-year contract with the option to extend it for two more years, the Serie A club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old joins AS Roma after seven seasons at Torino, where he made a total of 251 appearances and scored 113 goals in all competitions.

"Roma's progress and ambition in recent times has been clear for all to see, and both elements have had a big influence on me," Belotti said in a statement on AS Roma's website.

Belotti has also made 44 appearances and scored 12 goals for Italy and was part of the team who won the European Championship in 2021.

His arrival at AS Roma follows that in July of Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, who also joined Jose Mourinho's side on a free transfer after leaving Serie A rivals Juventus.

AS Roma are fourth in the table on seven points after three matches and host recently promoted Monza on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis)

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