Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi made it clear yesterday that he doesn’t expect much to happen in the January transfer market. Il Messaggero reports that the Giallorossi’s transfer market is predicated upon potential sales — which would give the team some budgetary freedom.
Juan Jesus, Diego Perotti and Javier Pastore have all been linked with possible moves away in January along with Cengiz Ünder. For the role of vice-Dzeko, Petrachi is trying in every way to revitalise Nikola Kalinić, however, Roma boss Paulo Fonseca doesn’t feel the same and has suggested that he needs reinforcements.
Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz continues to be eyed by Roma, but for now — he is too expensive. The Spanish side are requesting €7 million for the loan of the player with an obligation to buy set at €40 million. It’s an asking price that is well beyond Roma’s budget, especially in January.
Chris Smalling, meanwhile, is eagerly awaiting Roma and Manchester United to agree on a figure for his permanent transfer to the capital club.