"Greetings, RB Leipzig!" Roma winger Justin Kluivert will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at the Red Bull Arena. - © imago
"Greetings, RB Leipzig!" Roma winger Justin Kluivert will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at the Red Bull Arena. - © imago
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RB Leipzig sign Roma forward Justin Kluivert on loan

RB Leipzig have completed the season-long loan signing of AS Roma and Netherlands international winger Justin Kluivert.

The 21-year-old - the son of former Milan, Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert - is a product of the Ajax youth academy and was part of the team that lifted the 2016 U19s Eredivisie.

"I'm pleased that this transfer has been completed," Kuivert said. "RB Leipzig demonstrated that this was the ideal place for me to develop and make the next step in my career and help the team. My goal is to get games under my belt here."

Kluivert made his Ajax debut in January 2017, scoring his first senior goal just two months later. He also made six appearances during the club's run to the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League final, but came of age the following year with 10 goals in 30 first-team outings earning him a maiden senior cap for the Netherlands. Moving to Italy in summer 2018, he has since produced nine goals and 10 assists in 68 competitive games for Roma.

The young Kluivert is a pacy wide player, whereas his father was a classic centre-forward. - getty images

"We have tracked Justin Kluivert for a long time and are proud that he has decided to come here, and also that the transfer could be completed ahead of the deadline," said sporting director Markus Krösche. "Justin ticks all of the boxes that we look for in a player and fits the footballing philosophy that we want to stand for on the pitch. Justin offers us more variety in attack for the intense season ahead."

Kluivert could go straight into the Leipzig squad for their trip to Augsburg on 17 October. Die Roten Bullen - semi-finalists in last season's UEFA Champions League - lead the Bundesliga standings after three rounds of fixtures, on seven points.