Roma sign younger Burdisso as bid for brother stalls

Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 08:59 AM IST

Rome: AS Roma took Argentine defender Guillermo Burdisso on loan from Rosario Central on Tuesday after a long-running effort to permanently sign his more famous brother Nicolas stalled.

Roma said in a statement they would have an option to buy Guillermo, 22, at the end of his season-long loan for a fee of 4.7 million euros ($6.2 million).

Argentina World Cup defender Nicolas, owned by Inter Milan, spent a successful loan spell with Roma last season as they finished a close second behind his parent club in Serie A.

However, the European champions want too much money from the cash-strapped Romans for a permanent deal to be agreed despite the 29-year-old saying he wants to sign for Roma.

Bureau Report