After just seven months at the club, 27-year-old Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia has left Roma on a four-month loan deal to his former club CSKA Moscow, Roma confirmed Monday.
Doumbia left CSKA after five seasons and transferred to Roma on Deadline Day last January for a reported $15.8 million, but after just two goals in 13 Serie A appearances, he has departed back to the Russian Premier League.
With Doumbia sitting behind the ageless Francesco Totti, Edin Dzeko, and Mattia Destro, he would have likely struggled for minutes. He only started six of his 13 league appearances last season.
The loan deal will expire on January 4, 2016. A report by Sky Italia suggests there could be an option to buy at the expiry of the loan, as well as an option to simply extend the loan through the end of the season.
Doumbia had significant success during his first stint in the Russian Premier League, scoring 84 goals in 129 appearances for CSKA across all competitions during his five years there. He joined Moscow in 2010 from Swiss club Young Boys.