Roma transfer news blog: All the mid-season rumours in one place

The transfer window may have closed, but as Jose Mourinho continues building his project, Roma transfer news is unlikely to slow down.

Thus, as the season progresses, all the main Roma rumours that arise will be posted in this transfer blog, in view of upcoming transfer windows in 2022.

Roma did not sign a defensive midfielder in 2021, despite it being an area Mourinho wanted to strengthen. Furthermore, they lack depth at right-back and may address this issue in future.

Follow along below for all the rumours and speculation about Roma transfers while the season is ongoing.


January transfer window approaches

Thanks for following this blog throughout the first few months of the season. The January transfer window is about to open and there is a new blog for you to follow all the latest updates here.

Veretout named as Newcastle target

Thursday 30th December

Jordan Veretout hasn’t been quite able to reach his highest standards for Roma this season despite getting plenty of playing time.

According to Foot Mercato, he could be presented with an escape route by Newcastle. The Premier League side have recently been taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium and have money to spend in January.

Veretout’s previous Premier League experience ended in relegation with Aston Villa and there are no guarantees Newcastle would avoid the same fate, but it is believed he would not be totally against the move.

Afena-Gyan linked with Sassuolo

Thursday 30th December

Felix Afena-Gyan has shown his potential during cameos for Roma so far, but has now been linked with an exit.

According to Il Messaggero, Jose Mourinho would be willing to send the man he gave a senior debut to away to Sassuolo.

However, Roma would oppose any attempt by Sassuolo to include an obligation to buy in a loan deal.

Maitland-Niles agrees personal terms

Wednesday 29th December

Roma’s pursuit of Ainsley Maitland-Niles has taken steps forward, with various sources – including SportItalia and Sky Sport – indicating he has agreed personal terms with the club.

Now all that remains is to negotiate with Arsenal over the structure of the deal.

Spalletti seeks Fazio reunion

Wednesday 29th December

One of Roma’s jettisoned players, Federico Fazio, is now looking for a solution in the January transfer window.

According to SportItalia and other sources, one option could come from Napoli, who are aiming to replace ex-Roma man Kostas Manolas.

They already took Juan Jesus in the summer and could look back to the capital again, with Luciano Spalletti considering a reunion with Fazio.

Roma and Inter linked with each other’s midfielders

Wednesday 29th December

A couple of reports have revealed how Roma and Inter could each take a midfielder from the other in January.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Roma have a chance to sign Matias Vecino from the reigning champions. He is out of contract at the end of the season, so could be sold on the cheap.

Meanwhile, Gazzetta Dello Sport suggest Inter could be takers for Gonzalo Villar, who is out of favour in the capital and may make way for other arrivals. It wouldn’t necessarily be a swap deal between the pair, though.

Kamara a Grillitsch alternative

Monday 27th December

January is fast approaching and Roma are still working to solve their issues in midfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to join from Arsenal on loan, providing depth at right-back and in the middle of the park. But there is a feeling he will be in addition to a specialist midfielder.

Florian Grillitsch of Hoffenheim has been the priority, but there are some disputes about his asking price. Therefore, Roma are keeping some alternatives in mind.

According to Il Tempo, one player they are now pursuing is Boubacar Kamara of Marseille. Like Grillitsch, he is out of contract in 2022.

Kamara has many suitors but Roma are among the leading contenders, with talks set to step up soon.

Mourinho wants Wellens?

Sunday 26th December

There has been another link between Roma and an English player. Yesterday, The Sun claimed Jose Mourinho wants to sign Charlie Wellens from Manchester United.

He worked with the teenager at Man Utd before, drafting him into senior training, but Wellens has never played at first-team level.

A 19-year-old midfielder, it is claimed that Mourinho could rival his old club Tottenham Hotspur for Wellens’ signature.

Perez to leave on loan?

Friday 24th December

January will mark two years since Carles Perez joined Roma, but despite some flashes of potential, his impact has been minimal.

Now, he could be on his way out. According to Diario De Cadiz, he is close to joining Cadiz on loan until June 2022.

The Spanish side are looking for a winger to help their relegation battle and could take Perez back to his native country.

Roma in Maitland-Niles talks

Friday 24th December

Could the English contingent at Roma be about to grow? According to ESPN, and as confirmed by SportItalia, the club are in negotiations with Arsenal over a move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

He can play as a midfielder – which he prefers – or a right-back, so could tick both boxes Roma are looking for in January.

The aim would be to sign him on loan before a permanent transfer with a four-year contract. However, there is also competition from Everton, who tried to sign him in the summer.

Here’s the full story on a potential move to Roma for Maitland-Niles.

Grillitsch seems strongest midfield link

Friday 24th December

For all the new names that keep cropping up in Roma’s midfielder pursuit, one that seems to be the likeliest at this stage is Florian Grillitsch.

The Hoffenheim midfielder is in the final six months of his contract, so should be available for a cut-price fee.

Il Messaggero have unveiled him as Roma’s top target for the midfield, while Calciomercato also say he is the favourite.

However, the latter source warns that Hoffenheim will not be making discounts on his asking price – which is not specified in their report.

Guimaraes linked for the midfield

Friday 24th December

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, another midfielder under consideration by Roma is Bruno Guimaraes of Lyon.

The 24-year-old would cost as much as €30m, though.

Napoli linked with Kumbulla

Friday 24th December

Former Roma defender Kostas Manolas recently left Napoli to return to Olympiacos following a decline in fortunes.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, one way they could replace him is by raiding Roma again, this time for Marash Kumbulla.

The Albanian has not been a regular this season, but has found more space since the switch to a back three. In January, though, he could still consider an exit.

Cagliari consider Calafiori

Thursday 23rd December

Despite the injury to Leonardo Spinazzola over the summer, chances have been limited for young left-back Riccardo Calafiori so far this season.

Summer signing Matias Vina has been preferred to the academy graduate, who may now need to find a solution – especially with Spinazzola’s return on the horizon.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Calafiori could be sent on loan to Cagliari in January.

Right-back solution from Salzburg

Wednesday 22nd December

Il Tempo have thrown a new name into contention to become Roma’s new vice-Karsdorp at right-back. They claim Rasmus Kristensen of RB Salzburg is an option.

The Austrian club are under no pressure to offload him though and will seek €10m rather than a loan.

Tousart targeted in midfield

Tuesday 21st December

Rumours linking Roma with Florian Grillitsch in midfield have heightened in recent days. However, he is not the only objective.

According to Il Romanista, one alternative is Lucas Tousart of Hertha Berlin. The 24-year-old is on the lookout for a new solution away from the Bundesliga club – who could seek €12m for his signature.

Hull linked with Reynolds

Tuesday 21st December

As soon as a new right-back arrives at Roma, Bryan Reynolds will be able to find a new club where he gets more space.

According to, some enquiries are arriving – including interest from Yorkshire-based Championship side Hull City.

Club Brugge could alternatively take him to Belgium.

Sarr suggested at right-back

Monday 20th December

Roma continue their search for a new right-back to compete with Rick Karsdorp. According to various sources, initially Teleradiostereo, one new idea is that of Bouna Sarr.

Turning 30 in January, he is currently at Bayern Munich, but is not a regular.

Diogo Dalot was Roma’s main target at right-back, but it seems Man Utd’s appointment of Ralf Rangnick has given him a second chance there.

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