RomaPress – Roma are on the lookout for a veteran midfielder before the transfer window shuts in just over one week.
The club’s transfer plans took a major hit on Sunday when it was revealed veteran Gini Wijnaldum suffered a fractured tibia, ruling him out until the new year.
Manager Jose Mourinho made it clear after yesterday’s win over Cremonese that he wants a replacement to fill-in for the ex-Liverpool man, who will undergo additional evaluations within the next day or two in Austria.
Upon learning about Wijnaldum’s prognosis, general manager Tiago Pinto immediately got to work, enlisting the help of multiple agents and intermediaries, including Italian agent Paolo Busardò.
The Giallorossi are evaluating several midfield options, including free agent midfielder Florian Grillitsch.
The 27 year-old is still available on a free transfer after his move to Fiorentina fell through last month. Multiple sources confirmed to RomaPress the deal between the Austrian international and La Viola fell through primarily due to the commission figures requested by his representative at the time—Kristian Bereit of the Stellar Group.
Unhappy that he’s still without a club, Grillitsch sacked Bereit within the last few days and re-hired his previous Thomas Bohm.
The veteran is keen to find a new club within the next few days and Serie A remains his preferred destination. Roma are still considering him as an option and the midfielder’s change of representation could aide getting a deal finalised.