The main rumours up until now
Friday 4th September
Welcome to the Giallorossi Yorkshire transfer blog for the remainder of the 2020 ‘summer’ window.
So far, Roma have signed Pedro as a free agent, and completed a permanent deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – but the rumours suggest there could be a lot more business before the October 5th deadline.
Roma could soon complete their first significant sales of the transfer window, with Aleksandar Kolarov close to joining Inter Milan. The left-back will probably have a medical with them next week. Roma will not sign a replacement, instead entrusting Primavera prospect Riccardo Calafiori to provide competition for Leonardo Spinazzola.
Patrik Schick is also close to leaving. After spending last season on loan at RB Leipzig, he should soon return to Germany, where Bayer Leverkusen have been successful with a bid for him. However, he must quarantine before taking a medical due to a case of Covid-19 among the Czech Republic squad he is currently with.
With Schick going, Nikola Kalinic not returning and Edin Dzeko also linked with an exit, Roma will need to sign a new striker. The main target appears to be Arkadiusz Milik, but Napoli’s asking price is too high.Embed from Getty Images
There were suggestions that Roma could send Cengiz Under and Alessio Riccardi the other way in a swap deal. However, Riccardi is now close to joining Pescara on loan.
Napoli were also interested in Jordan Veretout, but the midfielder’s agent has insisted it is extremely likely the Frenchman will stay at Roma.
Reports also suggest Roma are close to agreeing a deal to bring Chris Smalling back to the club. The English defender impressed on loan in 2019-20, and various sources claim Roma could re-sign him soon.
In those negotiations with Manchester United, Roma may also have an opportunity to sign Fred. The midfielder previously worked with Paulo Fonseca at Shakhtar Donetsk, but finances may be an issue.Embed from Getty Images
While Smalling could return, several defenders could leave the club. Rick Karsdorp is reportedly ready to join Atalanta; Davide Santon could leave for either Besiktas or someone in Serie A; Juan Jesus is a target for Genoa; and Federico Fazio could also depart, potentially to Cagliari.
Alessandro Florenzi could leave on a permanent basis as well, having confirmed he will make a decision about his future after the international break.
Keep referring back to this blog for the latest updates.