Riise joins Roma

John Arne Riise leaves LiverpoolJohn Arne Riise is no longer a Liverpool player after he left and joined AS Roma for just short of £4m, according to an announcement from the Italian side tonight.

The fee of €5m, which converts to £3.96m, is close to the £4.6m Liverpool paid for him seven years ago, when former boss Gerard Houllier signed him from Monaco. Riise has signed for four years, the Roma website says.

The Italian club’s statement simply read: “AS Roma announce they have reached an agreement with Liverpool Football Club for the acquisition of the sporting rights of the player John Arne Riise with effect from July 1 2008.”

However Liverpool FC’s remained more cautious about confirming the news. The deal has been as good as done, but they are waiting for the red tape before confirming the news. A statement on LFC.tv said: “Liverpool are awaiting completion of the necessary paperwork before officially announcing John Arne Riise’s transfer to AS Roma. Riise arrived in the Italian capital on Wednesday and held talks with the Serie A side, who have since announced he has signed on a four year deal.”

Riise had taken some time to come to terms with the idea he was surplus to requirements in the eyes of Rafa Benítez, but when he did accept the idea commented that the £5m demanded by Liverpool seemed high. The fee paid is good business for Liverpool considering the Norwegian star had just a year left on his deal.

Riise finalised talks on personal terms, already initiated by his agent, and passed a medical in the Italian capital. A statement earlier in the day from Roma said: “As part of ongoing negotiations with Liverpool football club regarding the signing of John Arne Riise, Roma have been authorised to deal with the agent of the player.” His agent, Jan Kvalheim, had also confirmed Riise’s presence in Italy: “I can confirm that John Arne Riise is in Rome for a medical and to finalise the negotiations. A few small details remain.”

Those details are now done, other than that paperwork Liverpool are waiting on, and there is now a vacant number six shirt in Liverpool’s dressing room.

Liverpool FC Away Kit - Grey, 2008-2009Liverpool will reveal their new away kit at midnight tonight, officially, but images of the kit have already been seen on the internet. Images had been circulated some months ago, but the latest leaks show Liverpool players Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina in the tops. The grey shirts are reminiscent of the Candy ones Liverpool had in a previous deal with Adidas, and will bring back fond memories for many Reds.

Reina played the full 90 minutes for Spain tonight as their 2-1 win gave them a 100% record so far in Euro tournament. Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa also got 90 minutes under their belts, as coach Luis Aragones rested most of his first choice players. Spain had already qualified for the quarter finals. That quarter final tie will be against Italy when Liverpool forward Fernando Torres and David Villa, his team-mate for Spain, should start.

19 thoughts on “Riise joins Roma”

  1. You can see the terms of the deal here: http://bo.asroma.it/UserFiles/836.pdf

    Translated (by Google) –

    Rome, June 18, 2008
    AGREEMENT REACHED ON ACQUISITION BY WAY FINAL
    THE RIGHT TO BENEFITS OF SPORTS CALCIATORE
    JOHN ARNE RIISE
    L ‘A.S. Rome S.p.A. announced that it had reached agreement with Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited for the acquisition outright entitlement to the benefits of sports footballer JOHN ARNE RIISE, with effect from 1 July 2008.
    To acquire this right, A. S. Rome recognize the Liverpool Football Club a fee of € 5 million, payable in four instalments of equal amount, the first by 1 July 2008, the second by September 30, 2008, the third by July 31, 2009 and fourth by January 31, 2010, as well as the AS Rome recognize the Liverpool Football Club the following additional amounts: (i) € 0.1 million for each of two sports season starting from 2009/2010, in which the first team to participate all’Uefa Champions League, (ii) € 0 , 75 million every 25 presences made by Footballer in official races, up to a maximum of € 0.3 million.
    With the Footballer was signed a contract for economic performance sports lasting four years, which provides for the recognition of gross compensation of € 2.8 million for each sports season with a duration of the contract, as well as some individual premiums to achieve set sporting objectives.
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  2. I feel for Riise.

    Good servant of the club. Wonderful left peg, at times. But will feel sad that his last real kick at Anfield was an own goal in a very important game.

    He deserves to be remembered fondly and I have no doubt he will improve albeit not at our club.

    PS Not sure how many of you watched Spain play last night. Xabi showed us what we’ll be missing should he go, as seems likely. Barry has a huge whole to fill. Just hope he’s up to it. I clearly have my doubts!

  3. Had not such a good season, but i loves the player and its sad to se him leave,

    Has anyone seen Alonso yesterday he was great I v not seen him play like that since his first season i think with us he was playing to deep, anyway I hope his sub will be better, in my opinion its a loss for Liverpool

  4. Im sad to see Risse go but its a harsh fact that we need to raise around £25/30m to add to the war chest. But £15m of that needs to come from the sale of Xabi and I dont want to see him leave, especially after last nights performance, he was outstanding.

    Anyhow, best of luck John, you gave us some great memories fella.

  5. riise, you’re one of the best in anfield,..
    thank’s 4 all
    tahnk you and goodbye,..
    rhe scouse will always love you..
    harry…riau

  6. “I’m surprised we didn’t sell him to the new Liverpool – Juventus”

    @Martin could you elaborate? You got me a bit puzzled.

    I think we done a good thing getting shut, he was one of the things that was not so great about last season. He has been an excelent player for us and its a shame that he will be remembered for the own goal he scored against Chavski. I am sure no LFC fan will hold it against him though as he has been a good player for us, it just seems the last 18 months or so he has suffered a loss of form. I am sure his wages will make it easier for him to walk away from the club.

  7. @I am The Egg Man: Martin’s probably thinking about how Juve will soon have half of “the best midfield in the world” from our song.

  8. Jim Boardman // Jun 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm
    @I am The Egg Man: Martin’s probably thinking about how Juve will soon have half of “the best midfield in the world” from our song

    Thanks a lot Jim.

  9. i say good luck to you JAR and 10q YOU will be allways rememberd ON the other hand I hope we will not sell XABI ALANSO HE still have lot to give to this club

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