Julio Baptista Targeted by A.S Roma

K ShakranSenior Analyst IJune 28, 2008

A.S Roma transfer chief Ernesto Bronzetti has revealed that Julio Baptista may be the next targeted transfer to the Italian Magica. Not only will this transfer prove to be a vital one, it will be one of the best signings that Roma have accomplished this summer.

Earlier this transfer season, Roma announced the signing of Norwegian left-back John Arne Riise from Liverpool for a fee of €5m, which could rise to €5.75m with appearances. The 27-year-old left Anfield after seven seasons.

In total, Riise scored 21 goals in 234 Premier League games for Liverpool, having joined with them in 2001 after appearances with Aalesunds and Monaco.

Spanish newspaper Marca said that Baptista is one of the players Real Madrid are willing to sell in order to finance the signing of the Manchester United winger Cristiano "Superstar" Ronaldo.

Real are willing to initiate business for around 15 million Euros, while Roma are set to submit just 12 million Euros to sign Baptista.

But if Roma are truly willing to get the service of the Brazilian attacking midfielder, whom they desperately need, they should pay the exact amount Real require.

Allesandro Mancini, the other Brazilian winger, has been linked with a move to Roma's rivals. Inter-Milan have proposed the Brazilian to double his wages and to put pen to paper on a four-year contract. Mancini will definitely not reject an offer with that kind of dough attached.

The only player that can properly fill in the gap Mancini will leave behind is hopefully going to be Baptista.

Baptista complements the likes of Marco Vucinic and Totti, ultimately providing  Roma with a new attacking formation. The attacking formation might include Vucinic as a lone striker, with Totti and Baptista assisting behind him.

Not to mention that Baptista has the potential to play as a striker as well.