The Giallorossi Yorkshire transfer blog: All the Roma transfer news from summer 2020 in one place

Lyon chief claims Roma want Memphis Depay

Sunday 6th September

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A huge transfer claim has arisen on Sunday evening, as the president of Lyon has revealed Roma’s interest in Memphis Depay.

The Dutch forward has excelled at Lyon since leaving Manchester United in 2017. Working under former Roma boss Rudi Garcia, he reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2020.

Recently, reports claimed Ronald Koeman wants to take him to Barcelona. But addressing the rumours of an exit, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that the Giallorossi could also bid for the attacker.

Speaking to Telefoot Chaine, Aulas said: “There is also AS Roma.”

Depay, whose contract expires next summer, can play as a left winger or a centre-forward – with Roma in need of reinforcements in the latter position in case of the departure of Edin Dzeko.

Roma show interest in Federico Chiesa

Sunday 6th September

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Roma have been linked with a few big names since the change in ownership recently, even if many of the suggested targets haven’t been particularly realistic.

Now, another high-profile player has reportedly emerged as a target.

According to La Nazione, Roma are interested in Italy winger Federico Chiesa.

The 22-year-old could leave Fiorentina during this transfer window. He wants to stay in Serie A, though, which could give Roma an opportunity.

However, AC Milan are also in the running for Chiesa, who has a high price tag. No club has made a formal approach yet.

Bouah to Bologna, Calafiori to renew?

Sunday 6th September

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Sports journalist Nicolò Schira has an update on two young Roma full-backs this morning.

The transfer expert discusses interest in Riccardo Calafiori and Devid Bouah, both of whom played in Roma’s first friendly win of pre-season on Saturday.

Schira expects Roma to offer a contract extension to Calafiori, who will have a bigger part to play in the first team this season. The club have already rejected a bid from Fiorentina for the left-back, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

On the other side, right-back Bouah will be allowed to go find regular gametime. Schira backs up reports from Sky Sport yesterday that Bologna are tracking him.

Former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is overseeing Bologna’s transfer business, and could give Bouah the chance to develop further in Serie A.

Smalling in talks over contract

Saturday 5th September

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According to Sky Sport Italia, Roma are “very close” to finding an agreement for Chris Smalling.

The English defender was mightily impressive in his loan spell at the club from Manchester United last season.

There have been a few difficulties in negotiating a permanent transfer, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

Sky‘s Angelo Mangiante says Roma are closing in on an agreement with Man Utd. However, despite the player’s will to return to Rome, there may be a disagreement over his contract length.


Smalling wants a four-year contract, whereas Roma are only offering a three-year contract to the 30-year-old.

Cagliari reach agreement for Fazio

Saturday 5th September

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Reports emerged from Sky Sport Italia last night that Roma have accepted a bid from Cagliari for defender Federico Fazio.

The Argentine centre-back has been with Roma since 2016, but fell down the pecking order after the arrival of Paulo Fonseca as coach.

Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez were all preferred to Fazio throughout the season.

Now, Fazio could be on his way out. According to Sky Sport, Cagliari have agreed a deal with Roma.

The Sardinian side have offered €2.5m plus €0.5m in bonuses to sign Fazio on a permanent basis. Roma have given the green light for the sale, but must await the player’s approval first.

A move to Cagliari would reunite Fazio with former Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

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