Roma to make Diego Llorente’s deal permanent before selling him in the summer

Andy Mattioli

Roma intend to make Diego Llorente’s deal permanent once the season reaches its end.

The Spanish centreback is on his second loan spell in the Italian capital from Leeds United – however, this time the terms and conditions are different.

As revealed in today’s edition of La Repubblica, Roma have managed to secure a €5 million option on Llorente which they plan to activate at the end of the season given the defender’s impressive output when called into action in light of Chris Smalling’s extended absence.

However, the newspaper suggests that – once the deal is permanent – Roma will consider selling Llorente in order to generate as much revenue as possible; the capital club are compelled by UEFA Financial Fair Play restrictions to generate around €60 million in revenue this summer. The Spaniard could be one of the players to be sacrificed by the club.

Llorente has drawn considerable interest all over Europe this season and Roma are hoping to take advantage of this.

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