Roma Transfer News and Rumors Tracker, Week of July 22
It's been a busy summer so far for Michael Bradley's Roma as American owners try to build a squad worthy of Champions League football. Big name Kevin Strootman has already joined other new signings Mehdi Benatia, Tin Jedvaj and Maicon. Defender Marquinhos, meanwhile, has made the €35 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
As Roma begins another summer tour in the United States in preparation for what fans hope to be a successful season, more reinforcements look primed to arrive, and some big names look to be on their way out.
Now, all of Roma's transfer news and rumors can be found in one spot.
Here's the latest from the Eternal City.
Gervinho on His Way in
Gervinho linked with a move to Roma
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In a recent press conference following Roma's first friendly (which was won 9-1), Roma manager Rudi Garcia declared, "Now we need a quick winger to complete our attacking trident," as Il Corriere Dello Sport reports (Italian).
Gervinho seems like the No. 1 choice to fill this vacancy. Remember, it was under Garcia at Lille that Gervinho first gained the attention of the London club, notching 28 goals in 67 appearances.
Following a disappointing season with Arsenal, Gervinho looks all the more poised to join his former manager.
Lyon, one of the main clubs apparently interested in the forward, have since declared they are not looking to bring the Ivory Coast International back to France.
As Fox Soccer reports, Lyon manager Remi Garde recently said, "I've heard that Lyon is interested in Gervinho, but Gervinho is a striker, and we have young and very good strikers already at the club.”
Il Corriere Dello Sport, meanwhile, reports that Roma and Arsenal have already come to terms for a price of somewhere between €6 million and €8 million for the forward (Italian).
Gonzalo Bueno to Arrive on Loan
Gonzalo Bueno's highlight reel
Despite the debacle of investing in Nico Lopez, Roma have now signed another young Uruguayan striker, Gonzalo Bueno, as a possible solution to Garcia's desire for a winger.
Il Corriere Dello Sport confirms the signing of the 20-year-old left-footer on a loan from Nacional (Italian).
The deal will be worth €1.5 million, with the option to buy the player on a permanent basis for €6.5 million, as Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia) reports.
The highlight reel above shows that he indeed has some skill, shining for his club Nacional with 14 goals in 51 appearances.
He has yet to fully prove himself at the international level, however, making only six appearances and scoring one goal for Uruguay's Under-20 squad.
De Sanctis to Be Confirmed as New Keeper
De Sanctis looks to be Roma's new No. 1
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With the departure of Netherlands's International keeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, to Fulham, Roma have since been on the lookout for a new No. 1.
Yesterday, Il Corriere Dello Sport (Italian) reported that Morgan De Sanctis will fill the Dutchman's place, with the 35-year-old Italian International agreeing to a two-year deal worth about €2.4 million.
Today, Il Messagero (Italian), meanwhile, has reported that De Sanctis is already undergoing his medical at Roma training headquarters Trigoria.
After 155 appearences for Napoli, the experienced shot-stopper should be officially confirmed as a Roma player within the next few hours.
Osvaldo May Stay with Roma
Osvaldo may stay
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A contentious striker from the beginning, Osvaldo has largely been singled out as a scapegoat for Roma's disappointing season. He did, however, manage 16 goals in Serie A this past year in between getting in fights with his fans, his manager and his teammates.
At the beginning of the month he was increasingly being linked with Manchester City, as the Express reports. However, with City signing Stevan Jovetic, it's beginning to look more likely that Osvaldo will stay in Rome.
As Football Italia reports in a press conference following the friendly against Bursaspor, manager Rudi Garcia noted Osvaldo had some issues with his temper, but added, “He is a great striker and there are not many out there like him...He has character and talent...Roma would be stronger if he stays with us for this season.”
In one of his more famous rows, Osvaldo took a penalty against Sampdoria instead of captain Francesco Totti, ultimately missing it and costing his team the game. However, Totti recently redeemed him, letting Osvaldo slot home the equalizer against Bursaspor from the spot.
Following the game, Osvaldo tweeted the significance of this gesture, saying, "Even if this goal doesn't count, for me your gesture means a lot. Thank you, immense captain!"
Anche se questo gol non conta, per me vale tanto x il tuo gesto ! Grazie amico mio ! Grazie IMMENSO CAPITANO !— Dani Osvaldo (@danistone25) July 21, 2013
Perhaps Totti's backing of Osvaldo will be enough to keep the fans at bay and ultimately for the striker to stay put in the capital.
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