Daniel De Silva is still tipped to end up at Roma after his dream move to the Serie A side was apparently thwarted by foreign player quotas.
Perth Glory have now salvaged a deal for the teenage Socceroo which will see him go on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side Roda for the next two years.
But the A-League club are set to reap the same rewards in loan fees from Roda as they would have done in the $1.5m-plus transfer fee Roma were prepared to pay.
At the end of the loan spell, Roda can then sign the 18-year-old on a full-time contract, or else let him return to Australia.
Even if the deal doesn’t go through for any reason, Perth will still get the loan fees – and De Silva will still have a year left on his current three year deal with Glory.
Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos predicts De Silva will still end up at Roma at the end of the loan spell though, once the Serie A side gets its international player numbers in line with regulations.
The loan deal with Roda was originally initiated with Roma when the Italian club apparently realised De Silva would put them in breach of squad limitations.
However they then handed the loan deal over to Glory to finalise without following through on the transfer, despite De Silva joining Roma for pre-season training in Melbourne at the International Champions Cup last month.
“I have had no dealings with Roma at all on this,” Filopoulos added this morning. “But I think at the end of this, Danny will end up at Roma.
“It appears Roma had problems with their player quotas and they weren’t able to register him which is why this current deal was set up.
“From the club’s perspective, we are doing the same deal with Roda as we would have had with Roma, with the advantage that it’s a loan deal which means Danny remains a Glory player if the final transfer does not go ahead.
“It’s a good deal all round for the clubs.”
De Silva joins a burgeoning Australian community at Roda after former A-League stars Tomi Juric and Rostyn Griffiths signed for the side recently too.
The Australian invasion comes after the club appointed former FFA Technical Director Han Berger’s BEST Football Consultancy to find the club a new technical director - and he ended up with the job himself.
Berger told the club’s website: " I have worked in Australia for five years with Daniel and I know him as a very talented attacking midfielder who can become a permanent fixture in our team. "