Roma seeking defensive reinforcements in January

Andy Mattioli

Roma are expected to have a busy January window despite Financial Fair Play restrictions.

The capital club are concerned with Chris Smalling’s uncertain status as the defender continues to struggle with chronic pain in his knee.

At the moment, there is no clear timeline of recovery for the veteran centreback.

Moreover, the club will have to find a temporary replacement for Evan Ndicka who is set to be gone for up to 6 weeks between January and February due to his involvement in AFCON.

Additionally, Leonardo Spinazzola could depart the capital club in January as he has drawn interest from the Saudi Pro League.

Therefore, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Roma are keeping track of various options for January, prioritizing the more financially viable ones such as Eric Dier of Spurs who could sign with the Giallorossi for free.

Other defenders to have been linked with Roma include Salzburg’s Oumar Solet and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah. However, their clubs’ asking fee are deemed too high for Roma’s capabilities mid-season.

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