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Torino president Urbano Cairo has commented on the significance of his newly-promoted club’s signing of Adem Ljajic, a player whom he had been pursuing for some time.

The Roma winger cost Cairo 8.5million euro, a record sum for the Turin club, and was joined by his Giallorossi teammate Iago Falque in the move, who joins Torino on a season-long loan.

“I told him that I’d come to see him [in today’s friendly] and he had to score a free-kick. He kept his promise,” Cairo told Sky, referring to his side’s thumping 11 – 0 win over amateur club Casatese Rogoredo.

“He’s our most expensive signing and I’d have to say, the fact we beat the record every year isn’t good news. I can’t say if he’s the best singing of my presidency, but he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time, since before he went to Roma.

“He was itching to come here, as I and the Coach [Sinisa Mihajlovic] were. He wanted to come right away, then there were some complications but he rejected everyone to come here.”

The president also commented on the interest shown by other club’s in his star right-back Bruno Peres.

“I don’t worry about the transfer market, [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi deals with that,” Cairo added.

“I’ve read numbers that are not appropriate for his quality. I’d never sacrifice the player for the numbers that I’ve read. If Paul Pogba is worth €120m…

“Clubs are interested, but there have been no written offers. If he stays with us he needs to have conviction. We’ll assess alternatives if a top-level offer comes in,” he concluded.