Roma transfer news blog: All the main rumours for January 2022

The 2022 winter transfer window is open from January 3rd to the 31st, and you can keep up to date with all the latest Roma transfer news here.

Roma have some unfinished business from the summer that they will be seeking to rectify mid-season. Their priorities are to find a new central midfielder and a new right-back; they have already signed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to cover both roles.

But there could be plenty of twists and turns as Roma aim to work within budget while giving Jose Mourinho the strength in depth he needs.

Follow below for the latest updates on Roma transfer news.


Mourinho eyes Moutinho?

Tuesday 18th January

Jose Mourinho commented in the aftermath of Roma’s win over Cagliari that he would like more players in the mould of January signing Sergio Oliveira, whose debut goal from the penalty spot sealed the win.

Sergio Oliveira and the players who opened their Roma goal accounts with a penalty

Now, Paolo Rocchetti of TeleRadioStereo is reporting that the coach has his eyes on another veteran midfielder – his near namesake Joao Moutinho of Wolves.

In his mid-30s, the Portuguese player could become available in the final days of the transfer window. It would depend on Roma being able to offload Amadou Diawara, linked with Galatasaray (see below).

Sabatini eyes Santon for Salernitana

Tuesday 18th January

Roma still have two players away from the first-team group, Davide Santon and Federico Fazio. Coincidentally, both have been linked with Salernitana.

Each is under contract until the end of the season, but contract cancellations could allow them to leave for the Serie A strugglers, where ex-Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is now getting involved.

Fazio seems less inclined to, but full-back Santon is on Salernitana’s radar if he can rescind his Roma deal, according to Calciomercato.

Galatasaray return for Diawara

Tuesday 18th January

One rumour that was in Roma transfer news going back to the summer was that of a potential exit for Amadou Diawara in the direction of Galatasaray.

According to Spor, the Turkish side are now looking at the Guinean midfielder, who has fallen out of favour over the past year or so.

He is currently away on African Cup of Nations duty, but will be a priority for Galatasaray when he returns to Rome.

Tottenham turn to Veretout

Tuesday 18th January

Jordan Veretout may be about to lose his place as a regular starter for Roma in midfield. Meanwhile, a few clubs are being linked with him.

According to Il Tempo, he has become of interest to Tottenham, while Napoli remain keen.

Sampdoria look into Zalewski loan

Tuesday 18th January

Nicola Zalewski is one of the main prospects at Roma’s disposal, but he hasn’t had too many chances this season. Therefore, the Poland international could be a loan target for Sampdoria.

A couple of sources, starting with Tuttosport, have suggested Samp are asking about a loan deal for the winger.

Reynolds exit complicates

Monday 17th January

Roma have been trying to offload Bryan Reynolds on loan this month and the likely destination appeared to be Anderlecht. However, SportItalia are now reporting the deal is encountering difficulties.

In the meantime, Fabrizio Romano claims the American could end up elsewhere in Belgium, with Kortrijk.

Anderlecht deliberate Darboe move

Saturday 15th January

Roma are close to sending Bryan Reynolds to Anderlecht, but the American is not the only member of Jose Mourinho’s squad that the Belgians have their eyes on.

Il Romanista have reported that Anderlecht are also looking at midfield starlet Ebrima Darboe.

The Gambian came into the first team towards the end of last season but hasn’t had many chances to progress since, despite Mourinho rating his potential.

Any exit would therefore also likely be a loan.

Santon to terminate contract?

Saturday 15th January

Still separate from the main squad, Davide Santon faces a future away from Roma. However, it remains unclear where he will end up.

Still, Roma are working to resolve his contract six months early by paying him off, according to Nicolo Schira. The club are negotiating about a severance pay.

How Jordan Veretout might be affected by midfield signings

Friday 14th January

Jordan Veretout has always been a regular for Roma, but now faces his biggest challenge at the club. Out of form and with competition for his place arriving, what should the response be?

What Roma’s midfield transfer activity might mean for Jordan Veretout

Calafiori completes loan exit

Friday 14th January

The latest done deal in Roma transfer news is Riccardo Calafiori’s loan exit to Genoa.

Villar and Mayoral make way

Thursday 13th January

There have been two more concrete pieces of Roma transfer business; Gonzalo Villar and Borja Mayoral have both left on loans for Getafe.

Smalling switch suggested

Thursday 13th January

Chris Smalling has rediscovered a role of importance for Roma when available this season. However, doubts over his vaccination status could affect his eligibility in upcoming weeks.

And there are now doubts about his overall Roma future. According to TeleRadioStereo, Smalling has become an option for Newcastle back in the Premier League as they aim to strengthen their own defence.

Attention turns to the defence

Thursday 13th January

With two players brought in who can cover in midfield, Roma are now considering strengthening their defence.

According to Il Romanista, they ideally want someone who can play at centre-back and in midfield, like Boubacar Kamara.

But if they choose a specialist centre-half, their options would include Gleison Bremer of Torino (who is too expensive), Marcos Senesi of Feyenoord, Malang Sarr of Chelsea or Maxime Esteve of Montpellier.

Official: Oliviera signs for Roma

Wednesday 12th January

It’s official – Roma have signed Sergio Oliveira from Porto on an initial loan deal.

Oliveira arriving for medical

Wednesday 12th January

January signing number two is about to be done. Various sources have confirmed that Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira is travelling to Rome on Wednesday to complete an initial loan move with a view to a permanent transfer.

Mourinho makes Ndombele call

Wednesday 12th January

Midfield links continue to dominate Roma transfer news. One player who remains on the club’s radar appears to be Tanguy Ndombele.

He is facing an uncertain future at Tottenham, where he was recently booed off the pitch by supporters. Antonio Conte has refused to give anything away about his future.

Jose Mourinho previously worked with Ndombele in north London. Although they had a rocky relationship at first, they eventually got on the same page.

So much so, that they could consider working together again. According to Telefoot 1, Mourinho has made a phone call to Ndombele to see about his situation.

Napoli are also interested in the former Lyon ace, whose high wages would be the main stumbling block to any deal. But either side could prise him away from Tottenham on loan, despite their preference for a permanent deal.

Gigot linked for the defence

Wednesday 12th January

News emerged yesterday from that Roma have their eyes on a new, low-cost centre-back. The player in question is Samuel Gigot.

The Frenchman is out of contract with Spartak Moscow at the end of the season. Roma could therefore take their chance to snap up the 28-year-old.

Calafiori close to Genoa

Tuesday 11th January

With Leonardo Spinazzola nearing a return to group training for Roma, there will soon be even less space for Riccardo Calafiori.

The young left-back looks likely to leave on loan, then. Cagliari were expected to take him, but there has been a late twist.

Instead, he will now be heading to Genoa on a dry loan, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.

Villar gets same link as Mayoral

Tuesday 11th January

It was recently reported that Borja Mayoral could leave Roma to return to Spain with Getafe. Now, Tele Radio Stereo are confirming that his teammate Gonzalo Villar, yet to feature in Serie A this season, could make the same move.

Al Hilal eye Fazio

Tuesday 11th January

Six months remain until Roma will release Federico Fazio from his contract, but they continue working on a possible premature exit.

Not part of the first-team group any more, Fazio needs to find a solution. According to Calciomercato Report, Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia are looking into his potential transfer.

Sokratis switch suggested

Tuesday 11th January

If finances allow, it may be beneficial for Roma to sign a more experienced centre-back in January.

In that regard, the Daily Express are linking the Giallorossi with former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Greece international could leave Olympiacos on loan until the end of the season, perhaps.

Mayoral to make Spain return?

Monday 10th January

Opportunities remain limited for backup striker Borja Mayoral, who may leave Roma six months ahead of the expiry of his two-year loan from Real Madrid.

The latest solution for the Spaniard, according to reports from Tiempo De Juego in his home country, would be to return to La Liga with Getafe.

Valencia consider Diawara

Monday 10th January

Currently away on African Cup of Nations duty with Guinea, it remains to be seen whether Amadou Diawara will have a future with Roma when he returns.

According to Il Tempo, the midfielder has been the subject of a survey from Valencia.

The Maitland-Niles story so far

Sunday 9th January

Want to learn more about Roma’s first signing of 2022? Here’s all you need to know about Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his story so far.

The story so far: How Ainsley Maitland-Niles got to being the fourth ever English Roma player

Oliveira could arrive next week

Sunday 9th January

With one signing wrapped up for January, Roma are already focusing on the next. Sergio Oliveira should be arriving to strengthen the midfield.

According to Record in his native Portugal, it could become a done deal by Tuesday. It would be a loan with an option to buy between €10m and €13m.

OFFICIAL: Maitland-Niles makes Roma move

Saturday 8th January

Roma have their first signing of the January transfer window – Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined from Arsenal.

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