Today it was officially announced that Juan Jesus will be leaving Inter and joining AS Roma on loan for the 16/17 season. Roma is paying a €2m loan fee and that loan will become a permanent transfer for an extra €8m if certain "performance-related clauses" (most likely a set number of appearances) are met.
JJ joined Inter back in January 2012 from Brazilian side Internacional and racked up 142 appearances during his time form the Nerazzurri. The 25 year old showed flashes of brilliance at times, using his pace and tackling skills to great effect, but those times were mixed with uncertain performances and some problems with his positioning. A series of new coaches, switching between a 3-man and 4-man defense, and playing next to Andrea Ranocchia did not help his development; though playing next to Miranda and his time at left-back this past season saw JJ start to improve once again.
It will be interesting to see if the club makes a move for another center-back this summer. It is pretty safe to assume that Inter will sell Andrea Ranocchia if there is a reasonable offer for him, so a new defender could become important. At the same time Mancini has been testing out Danilo D'Ambrosio as a center-back more and more and the manager could be thinking about switching the Italian's position for this season.
Juan Jesus posted a goodbye video to his Facebook page expressing his thanks to the Inter fans. We at this site would like to thank JJ for his time at the club and wish him luck at his new club (as long as they finish below us in Serie A this season).