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.
ROMA TRANSFER NEWS BLOG
Riqui Puig on midfield radar
Friday 15th October
A new midfielder has emerged onto Roma’s wishlist, according to El Nacional in Catalonia, who claim Riqui Puig is of interest.
The 22-year-old is finding little room at Barcelona but is thought to have decent potential.
A change of scenery could be on the cards for the youngster, although he would be hoping to fare better than, for example, Carles Perez if making the move from Barca to Roma.
At present, it still seems Roma are focusing on different profiles in the middle of the park.
Bereszynski to back up Karsdorp?
Tuesday 12th October
A new name has emerged in Roma’s hunt for a more dependable backup for Rick Karsdorp than Bryan Reynolds.
Mourinho does not trust the USA international, whose performances have shown why. Therefore, in January, it will be crucial to find a more experienced and reliable vice-Karsdorp.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, that man could be Bartosz Bereszynski of Sampdoria.
The 29-year-old is under contract until 2023 and has been with Samp since 2017. He has the experience Roma would require.
With that in mind, he is currently ahead of the more youthful Noussair Mazraoui and Marcus Holmgren Pedersen, who have also been linked, in the club’s thinking.
Mourinho wants Tottenham keeper
Friday 8th October
Jose Mourinho has only used one of his goalkeepers at Roma so far, summer signing Rui Patricio.
Where backup Daniel Fuzato falls into his plans will only become clear in the long-term, but even so, Mourinho is still looking further to the future.
According to the Evening Standard, he wants Roma to sign Joshua Oluwayemi. He is a 20-year-old from Mourinho’s former club Tottenham Hotspur.
He has never played for their senior side, so would be an investment for the future.
Fiorentina to target Mayoral
Wednesday 6th October
Borja Mayoral is struggling to find space in Roma’s lineup despite Jose Mourinho wanting three strikers in his squad. Therefore, there have been murmurs of an exit for a few weeks now.
Mayoral is only on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season and that spell could even be interrupted. Either way, it seems highly unlikely he will play for Roma in the 2022-23 season.
Meanwhile, La Nazione claim Fiorentina are looking at him as a potential successor to Dusan Vlahovic, who will be leaving La Viola.
Roma open Zakaria talks
Tuesday 5th OctoberEmbed from Getty Images
One of the priority targets for Roma in midfield is Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach, who only have him under contract until the end of this season.
He was an option in the summer for Roma, but they have had to wait. Now, though, Fabrizio Romano collates claims with Gianluca Di Marzio that the Giallorossi have opened talks over the signing of the Switzerland international again.
Although he is available for free in the summer, Roma will try to negotiate a fee with Gladbach to take him in January.
Two Eredivise right-back links
Tuesday 5th October
Roma need more depth at right-back, where Rick Karsdorp is the only player Jose Mourinho trusts. In January, it is something they will look to rectify in the transfer market.
In that regard, two new links have emerged. First, Calciomercato.it have reported of Roma’s interest in Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui. Out of contract at the end of the season, he is also admired by Juventus and Milan.
However, a deal would only be likely as a free transfer next summer, and Roma can’t really wait until then.
Alternatively, Roma could look elsewhere in the Eredivisie. According to Leggo, Feyenoord’s Marcus Holmgren Pedersen could be an option.
Coming from the same club Roma bought Karsdorp from, he is still young, but may be a better fit than Bryan Reynolds as the main alternative to the Dutchman.
It is speculated that Tiago Pinto could offer €3m to sign him.
Roma reconsider Rudiger?
Tuesday 5th October
A year has passed since Roma made Chris Smalling’s transfer permanent. Unfortunately, due to a range of injuries, it has not been worth the wait as they were expecting.
Therefore, the club could consider a new centre-back to provide experience. In doing so, SportMediaset think they could turn back to a familiar face.
The man in question is Antonio Rudiger, who wore the Giallorossi colours between 2015 and 2017 before leaving for Chelsea. He is in the last year of his contract there and seems unlikely to renew, despite establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Whether Roma could tempt him back is unclear, especially given his wage demands.
Villar has two suitors
Wednesday 29th September
One of the players at risk of being shifted to make room for a new starter in midfield is current backup option Gonzalo Villar.
Yet to feature in Serie A under Jose Mourinho, the Spaniard was linked with an exit over the summer but eventually stayed after a 2020-21 season of highs and lows.
A January transfer away remains possible and Fichajes in his native Spain think they know two clubs who want him.
First, Everton could take him to the Premier League. Alternatively, ex-Roma boss Luciano Spalletti could lure him to Napoli.
Ndombele a new name for the midfield
Tuesday 28th SeptemberEmbed from Getty Images
According to Calciomercato, Roma could turn their attention towards Jose Mourinho’s former club Tottenham for their crucial midfield reinforcement.
The online outlet believes Tanguy Ndombele could be an option for Roma in the January transfer window.
The former Lyon midfielder has been inconsistent for Spurs but was showing flashes of quality in Mourinho’s final few months there. Since, he has fallen to the fringes under Nuno Espirito Santo.
While at Tottenham, Mourinho spoke of how Ndombele frustrated him for not fulfilling his potential, but clearly rated him highly. In turn, the player said he had a good relationship with the coach despite public criticism.
Whether they would reunite in Rome remains to be seen.
Douglas Luiz desired
Saturday 25th September
The search for a new central midfielder will dominate Roma transfer news until the end of the January transfer window. Plenty of time remains for the club to whittle down their shortlist, but Il Romanista believe they know the top target.
They claim Tiago Pinto prefers Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa, despite his agent being ready to discuss a new contract with the English side. If the Brazilian does not renew his deal there, Roma could pounce.
Luiz wants a wage rise to his Villa contract, which expires in 2023. The Birmingham outfit could even sell him in January if they cannot accommodate that, despite his role of prominence in their team.
Roma looked at him in the summer, when he was worth around €35m. The asking price remains at a similar level, so sales would have to materialise first. To that end, Steven Nzonzi seems set to join Al-Rayyan, while Amadou Diawara or Gonzalo Villar may be on the market in January. Furthermore, Roma expect Marseille to pay them for the permanent transfers of Pau Lopez and Cengiz Under by then, so they could be able to spend.
Roma ready to sign Hagi in January?
Friday 24th SeptemberEmbed from Getty Images
Rather surprising claims have emerged from Romania in recent hours on the topic that Roma could sign Ianis Hagi in January.
The Scottish Sun have cited Sport.ro and Pro TV in Hagi’s native country that a deal is close to sign the attacking midfielder in the winter window.
This seems surprising given that Roma are working on the addition of a defensive midfielder, and a backup right-back should be their next priority.
But there is a belief that a deal for around €20m is close for the former Fiorentina man. Interestingly, the original report from Sport.ro claims Roma would be beating arch-rivals Lazio and Monchi’s Sevilla to Hagi.
Only time will tell the truth behind these reports, though.
Mourinho to repeat Dalot signing?
Tuesday 21st September
Roma’s rebuild is a long-term project, so there are still some areas of the squad that haven’t been addressed since the appointment of Jose Mourinho. One of these is right-back, where the coach only has one option he trusts.
Rick Karsdorp has been the regular starter in that position this season and last, but Davide Santon will not be reintegrated into the squad and Mourinho sent a message by leaving Bryan Reynolds in the stands – rather than on the bench – for Roma’s most recent match against Verona.
Corriere Dello Sport reported yesterday that right-back will be the first area Roma look to reinforce in January, despite defensive midfield also being an urgent priority.
Calciomercato believe they know an ideal solution: Diogo Dalot.
The Portugal international returned to Manchester United this summer after a productive loan spell in Serie A with AC Milan. However, he remains second choice behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford.
Therefore, Roma may try their luck in January to take him on loan with an option to buy, which would reunite him with the man who was in charge at Man Utd when he moved there – Mourinho.
United themselves were trying to sign another right-back in the summer, so in theory, if they can get one in the winter, Dalot may be available to move.
Roma keeping tabs on Scamacca
Friday 10th September
Former Roma academy player Gianluca Scamacca has been linked with a return to the club for a while now.
Currently with Sassuolo – the Giallorossi’s next opponent – Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Roma will be keeping an eye on his progress this season.
There is a widespread belief that Borja Mayoral will be sent back to Real Madrid, whatever happens between now and next summer. But Mourinho will still want a third striker in his squad and that could be Scamacca.
The pink paper also notes interest from Juventus, AC Milan, Napoli and Atletico Madrid in the 22-year-old, who recently earned his first cap for Italy.
After scoring 12 goals on loan at Genoa last season, this year will be decisive for Scamacca in seeing if he can step up to the next level.
Roma retain Zakaria hope
Tuesday 7th September
One of the main midfielders linked with Roma over the summer was Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach. However, things took a turn against the Giallorossi when Gladbach tried to renew his contract.
Without moving other midfielders on, Roma were unable to make space for Zakaria anyway. But they may not have missed out after all.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, Zakaria does not want to renew his contract with the Bundesliga side, which expires in 2022.
Therefore, it is speculated that Roma could try to sign him in January, while Gladbach can still get a fee.
Azmoun interest for next summer
Sunday 5th SeptemberEmbed from Getty Images
Roma signed two new strikers in 2021 with Tammy Abraham and Eldor Shomurodov, but are already being linked with another for next year.
One of the players they considered before adding Abraham to their squad was Sardar Azmoun of Zenit Saint Petersburg. The Iran international himself has even confirmed that the Russian club rejected an offer from Roma.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, he remains a top objective for next summer, when he will be a free agent.
The newspaper seems to believe there will be little chance of Roma keeping Borja Mayoral when his loan expires, but Mourinho will still want a third striker in his squad.
Of course, each player’s form could change those plans over the next few months, but Azmoun is someone to keep an eye on still.
He has scored 50 goals in 70 Russian Premier League games for Zenit, and 37 in 55 caps for his country.