Roma Fire Sale: 5 Giallorossi Players Who Could End Up in the Premier League
The past season was not a vintage one for AS Roma.
The Giallorossi failed to qualify for Europe for the second consecutive season and lost out to bitter Rome rivals Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. For the latter accomplishment, Lazio even staged a fake funeral procession for their neighbors.
According to The Mirror's Martin Lipton, AS Roma president James Pallotta has subsequently confirmed that "everybody in on the market."
In light of this apparent fire sale mentality, here are five Roma stars who may find themselves in the Premier League soon...
Daniele De Rossi
It's impossible to think of "Capitan Futuro" Daniele de Rossi playing for any side except Roma, but rumors from Goal.com suggest the man who Roberto Mancini failed to sign during his Manchester City reign could be leaving the Stadio Olimpico for the Premier League this summer.
With his 30th birthday fast approaching, De Rossi's arrival would appear to infringe on The Blues' policy of disposing of players over that age, but The Mirror point out that Jose Mourinho tried to buy him at Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
If the Special One can't bring in Xabi Alonso, the Roma defensive midfielder could fulfill the same role at Stamford Bridge.
With 28 goals scored across the past two seasons, Pablo Osvaldo has caught the eye of prospective employers all over Europe.
Goal.com understand that the fiery striker has already turned down a move to Southampton following a €20 million bid in light of interest from higher profile clubs. One such club might be Manchester City, who are meeting his representatives in Rome this week, according to The Express.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have been interested in the tattooed talisman since he played at Espanyol. The Express have suggested Andres Villas-Boas is interested in the 27-year-old, but this may have dissipated since the arrival of Paulinho.
Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanić joined Roma at the start of the 2011-12 season for a fee of €11 million. However, the unsettled 23-year-old recently admitted to Avaz Sport (translated by London24.com) that he was actually set to join Arsenal, but his father broke off the deal to send him to Italy instead.
According to The Mirror, Tottenham have made two unsuccessful attempts to sign the Roma midfielder over the past year. However, in January, general manager Franco Baldini said he would consider the move this summer. Baldini, of course, is now technical director at Spurs.
In June, Pjanić was the subject of interest from Barcelona, but his representatives told Calcio Mercato (translated via Football365.com) that he would not be moving anywhere. With president Pallotta's recent claim that everybody is for sale, however, don't discount a move to North London in the coming weeks.
Erik Lamela enjoyed a spectacular partnership with fellow Argentinean-born striker Pablo Osvaldo last season, finding the net 15 times in Serie A.
Roberto Mancini was thought to be interested in bringing the 21-year-old to Eastlands before he was sacked, and it is still possible he could fill the boots of the departed Carlos Tevez.
The River Plate academy product is also thought to have attracted attention from Liverpool, with Sport.co.uk reporting the Anfield side's confidence that a (rather steep-sounding) €25 million bid would secure a Luis Suarez replacement.
The Telegraph, meanwhile, believe Andres Villas-Boas would like to bring Lamela to White Hart Lane as an attacking complement to Gareth Bale in a new 4-3-3 formation.
Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos—not to be confused with his Roma colleague Marquinho—is just 19 years old, but made a strong impression on the Roma back line in 12 appearances last season.
Spanish paper Marca believe Barcelona are willing to pay €28 million for a much-needed improvement to their defence, but Roma are holding out for a fee closer to €40 million—a stunning amount for such a young defender.
Real Madrid have also shown interest in his services, but there's also a chance he could be heading to England. According to The Daily Star, both Chelsea and Manchester City have made bids for the Brazilian starlet.