Roma Transfer News and Rumors Tracker Week of July 29
After having confirmed Morgan De Sanctis, Roma continues to press on the transfer market for players like Gervinho and Viktor Fischer in order to strengthen a squad that looks poised to make a big impact in Serie A.
As Roma begins its tour of the United States with several friendlies against the likes of the MLS All-Stars and Chelsea, manager Rudi Garcia remains confident that his team can continue to grow and compete at the highest level of the European game.
Here's the latest from the Eternal City.
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Negotiations for Gervinho are to be completed by next week.
The striker was a pupil of new Roma manager Rudi Garcia at Lille when he first attracted the attention of the Premier League giants.
But, even with Garcia's trust, Roma supporters have a right to remain skeptical that Gervinho can deliver.
Former Roma striker Ruggiero Rizzitelli expresses this sentiment in quotes given to Football Italia: “Gervinho is not a hitman and he is too inconsistent...I find him totally unconvincing. Even if Garcia requested him, I’d drop this move straight away."
Will Gervinho complete the move and silence his critics? We'll find out soon enough.
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Marco Borriello continues to be shunned by Roma, having never truly broken into the starting lineup, outside of a briefly successful spell in 2010.
The striker seems destined for yet another club despite being re-included in Roma's summer tour of the United States. His place in the squad, however, remains doubtful with Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Mattia Destro already filling the attacking role up front.
His price tag is around €7 million, with several clubs such as Valencia and Malaga interested in signing the 31-year-old, as Football Italia reports.
In addition, it has been suspected that Roma are still interested in making a deal with Genoa that will see the exchange of Borriello and Italy International Alberto Gilardino, as Football Italia reports.
Osvaldo Staying Put
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Unlike Borriello, he's been brought on tour in the US, and seems to be winning back the hearts of teammates and fans alike with performances in practice and with a goal against Aris Thessaloniki in Roma's last friendly.
In addition, after already receiving the backing of manager Rudi Garcia and captain Francesco Totti, as I mentioned in a previous article, he's now being backed by Roma Director Claudio Fenucci.
"We’ve decided to keep the attack from last year and we’ve reinforced other areas of the squad," said the director, as quoted by Forza Italian Football. "Osvaldo is a part of our squad and I personally think he’s one of the best strikers out there. He could remain at Roma."
In the same report, Fenucci did, however, ultimately note that, “If certain opportunities arise in the market then we will make decisions that will reinforce the squad.”
But, with Mattia Destro to be injured for the start of the season and with Borriello being left out, Osvaldo's chances of staying are increasing.
New Target: Viktor Fischer
With the Gervinho deal still not complete, Roma have brought forth another name to quench their thirst for a pacey winger: Viktor Fischer.
The 19-year-old has impressed at his first season at Ajax at the senior level, contributing ten goals and five assists in 23 appearances for his club. He's since been called up for the Danish National side, as well as attracting the attention of suitors across Europe.
According to Il Corriere Dello Sport (Italian), Walter Sabatini will be inquiring about the youngster worth this week, with an offer of around €7 million.
If you haven't already heard of Fischer, check out the video above.
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