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

Anderlecht admire Darboe

Friday 7th January

Ebrima Darboe only just recently signed a new contract with Roma, but his lack of gametime continues to attract suitors ready to pounce.

Tuttomercatoweb now claim the midfielder is of interest to Anderlecht, but any decision would depend on other player exits.

Yorkshire side among Santon suitors

Friday 7th January

Roma are still trying to offload Davide Santon after making it clear to him in the summer that he had no place in the club’s plans. The full-back has been training separately ever since.

There are concerns he could outstay his welcome and remain until the end of the season, but LaRoma24 reveal that his agent has spoken with Tiago Pinto about an exit.

The Italian has three suitors: PAOK of Greece, Karagumruk of Turkey, and Yorkshire-based Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

Roma make Mavididi latest English target

Thursday 6th January

Roma are about to take their quota of English players up to three, but already have their eyes on another.

According to Siamo La Roma, Roma are considering Montpellier’s Derby-born forward Stephy Mavididi for the summer.

The former Arsenal academy player can feature up front or as a winger, thus taking the place of either Borja Mayoral or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, neither of whom may be around next season.

Gbamin a new name for midfield

Thursday 6th January

Roma are closing in on the signing of Sergio Oliveira from Porto, but that is not stopping links with other midfielders.

According to TeleRadioStereo, one new option is Jean-Philippe Gbamin. The Ivorian could be a loan addition after struggling with injuries since his 2019 move to Everton.

Vojvoda linked for right-back role

Thursday 6th January

Roma are close to signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to cover at right-back and in midfield, but could still sign specialists for either position too.

Corriere Dello Sport reported yesterday that the club are keeping tabs on Torino right-back Mergim Vojvoda.

He would act as another alternative to Rick Karsdorp on the right flank, although Torino’s stance remains unclear.

Oliveira the chosen one in midfield

Wednesday 5th January

Roma seem to have settled on their new midfielder – and it is neither Boubacar Kamara nor Florian Grillitsch.

They have been the main two names linked as each approaches the end of their contracts with Marseille and Hoffenheim respectively.

But Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club are hoping to make another loan signing after that of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (which could become official on Friday). And according to Filippo Biafora of Il Tempo, corroborating claims from Bruno Andrade of MaisFutebol, Roma are pursuing Porto’s Sergio Oliveira.

Sky Sport and SportItalia have also backed up the news of Roma’s efforts to take Oliveira, who was already a target back in the summer.

Roma close in on Kamara

Wednesday 5th January

The leading candidate to bolster Roma’s midfield now seems to be Boubacar Kamara of Marseille. According to Corriere Dello Sport, contact is underway with the Ligue 1 club, who only have him under contract until the end of the season.

Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli has reportedly given the green light to Kamara’s exit and his agent’s preference is Roma.

Other sources are suggesting a transfer is in fact close.

Villar to snub Samp

Wednesday 5th January

It emerged recently that Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar was a target for Sampdoria. However, according to Sky Sport, he has rejected the opportunity to join them.

He remains an option for Inter, while his preferred option would be to return to Spain with Celta Vigo.

Maitland-Niles set for medical

Tuesday 4th January

Roma have reached a breakthrough in their pursuit of Ainsley Maitland-Niles. As reported by various sources, the Giallorossi have agreed to take him on a dry loan, without an option to buy.

His medical will take place in London on Wednesday after Arsenal finally gave the green light to the transfer.

Villar linked with Sampdoria switch

Tuesday 4th January

One of the players looking for a solution outside Roma this month is Gonzalo Villar, who has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

The Spanish midfielder is being linked with a few clubs, the latest of which is Sampdoria.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Samp are eyeing Villar as a potential replacement for the recently released Adrien Silva.

Roma await Arsenal response for Maitland-Niles bid

Monday 3rd January

Roma’s pursuit of Ainsley Maitland-Niles has intensified, with The Athletic reporting an official bid has been made to Arsenal.

The Premier League side are yet to respond to Roma’s loan-to-buy offer, though.

New goalkeeper link

Monday 3rd January

Finding a new backup goalkeeper is not a main topic of Roma transfer news at present, but is something they could consider.

According to, they are casting glances towards Fenerbahce youngster Berke Ozer. His contract expires at the end of the season, so Tiago Pinto could try to orchestrate a pre-contract agreement for the summer.

Reynolds returning to MLS?

Monday 3rd January

This month marks the first anniversary of Bryan Reynolds joining Roma, but his impact has been minimal. Therefore, the club are looking to offload the right-back – probably on loan.

He has been linked with a couple of clubs in Belgium, but according to CBS Sports, the former FC Dallas youngster could head back to the MLS in his native USA. The American outlet claims Roma are actively looking for loan takers for Reynolds and the MLS is the most likely landing spot.

Roma revive Vecino transfer interest

Monday 3rd January

One of the alternative midfield targets to be mentioned in Roma transfer news is Matias Vecino, who has not been given much prominence at Inter Milan this season.

According to SportItalia, the experienced Uruguayan is still an option for the Giallorossi in the January transfer window.

His contract with Inter is expiring at the end of the season, so he could be available on the cheap. However, a loan would not be possible.

Maitland-Niles agrees personal terms

Sunday 2nd January

Roma are aiming to increase their English contingent by adding Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal. However, negotiating with the club – from whom the Giallorossi also unsuccessfully tried to take Granit Xhaka in the summer – is not easy.

Even so, Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that Maitland-Niles himself has given his approval to the transfer. In fact, Roma have readied an offer of a wage package worth €2.5m per season for four years if he becomes theirs permanently.

They now must work out how to do that with Arsenal, who want an obligatory purchase clause of €15m upon a certain number of appearances. Roma, on the other hand, would prefer an option to buy of €10m.

Ndombele back on Roma radar

Sunday 2nd January

In Roma’s pursuit of a new midfielder, the two main names to be linked have been Florian Grillitsch and Boubacar Kamara.

But there are alternatives and one of them will be a familiar face to those who have followed Jose Mourinho’s career. According to Sky Sports, the option of a reunion with Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is still on the cards.

Ndombele didn’t always see eye to eye with Mourinho at Spurs, but there was a respect there in the end and the Frenchman is featuring little in the post-Jose era in north London.

January transfer window preview

Saturday 1st January

Happy New Year – let’s hope it’s a good one for Roma.

For that to be the case, reinforcements will be required in the January transfer window, which opens on Monday.

At the top of Jose Mourinho’s requests will be a central midfielder and a deputy right-back.

It is believed that a deal to take English utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles (who can cover either role) on loan from Arsenal is in the pipeline. Meanwhile, in midfield, the priority has seemed to be Florian Grillitsch of Hoffenheim, but there are other suggestions.

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