Reading Football Club are delighted to announce the arrival of Argentinian forward Lucas Boyé, who joins the Royals ranks on a season-long loan from Torino.
Having played in the Argentine Primera División with River Plate and Serie A since moving to Turin in 2016, Boyé has recently enjoyed loan spells in La Liga with Celta Vigo and the Greek Super League at AEK Athens last season. The 23-year-old will now become a Royal for the 2019-20 season.
Manager José Gomes said, “Lucas is a young, talented, attacking player with good technique and excellent ability running at defenders one-to-one. I am delighted to welcome him to Reading Football Club, he will be a good addition to our squad this season and I look forward to working with him on the training pitch.”
Born in San Gregorio, Argentina, Boyé first emerged as a young professional at River Plate - he made his Primera División bow in a 1–1 draw against Gimnasia y Esgrima and four days later he scored his first goal, helping River Plater to a 3–1 win over San Lorenzo.
He spent the 2015-16 season on loan with fellow Primera División side Newell's Old Boys before moving to Europe to join Torino in 2016.
He scored on debut in Turin, helping his new club secure a 4-1 Coppa Italia win at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, and his Serie A bow came in the San Siro against AC Milan.
A loan stint in La Liga began in January 2018, joining Celta Vigo until the end of the Spanish season and, last season, Lucas got his first taste of European competition when he featured for AEK Athens in the Champions League.
During his loan spell in the Greek capital, he played against Bayern Munich, Ajax and Benfica in the group stages of last year’s competition and earned a third-placed finish in the league to qualify for this season’s Europa League.
Now, he joins the Royals ranks for 2019-20 and will take squad number 18 at Madejski Stadium.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “Despite only being 23 years of age, Lucas has experience of top flight football in four different countries and I’m pleased to welcome him to Reading, where I am sure he will successfully tackle the challenge of the Championship in what will be his first taste of English football.”
The move remains subject to international clearance approval and the normal ratification procedures from the relevant football authorities.