Roma in Kalinic talks

Roma are in negotiations to take Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid, on loan with option to buy, claim Sky Sport Italia.

The former Fiorentina and Milan striker is already 31 years old and on the outskirts of the Atleti project after his €14.5m move last summer.

A new forward is required, as Gregoire Defrel is on the verge of a transfer to Sampdoria, while Patrik Schick is wanted by RB Leipzig and Schalke 04.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma have targeted Kalinic as an understudy to Edin Dzeko and Coach Paulo Fonseca has already given the all-clear.

The Croatia international is also eager for a return to Serie A and it would be a low-cost deal, on loan with option to buy.

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Report: Roma drop Rugani interest

Roma have definitively dropped their attempts to negotiate a deal for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, it’s reported.

There had been talk already of the Giallorossi pumping the brakes on the move, as Juve wanted €24m plus youth team players Alessio Riccardi and Zan Celar.

However, that would’ve taken the value of the transfer to around €40m rather than the original €30m.

Sportitalia claim Roma offered €10m plus the two youth players and no more.

Riccardi showed on Instagram that he was not prepared to leave the Lupi and now transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla claims the whole deal has been scrapped.

Negotiations broke down definitively and Juve must find someone else to take the Italy international centre-back, who is surplus to requirements.

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Nainggolan: ‘I could’ve stayed at Roma’

Radja Nainggolan admits leaving Roma was “a decision made by someone who is no longer there, so I could even have stayed,” referring clearly to Monchi.

The midfielder never disguised the belief he was pushed out of the club by director of sport Monchi, who quit the day after Coach Eusebio Di Francesco was fired in March.

Nainggolan had already joined Inter, which lasted just one season before he was loaned to Cagliari.

“I split with Roma and that was a very heavy blow to get over,” the Belgian told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am sure that I was to blame too, but it was more than anything else a decision made by someone who is no longer there. I could even have stayed…

“Those are choices that you make in those moments and they can only become a futile regret that changes nothing.

“I am happy with my career and my decisions, but I hope to achieve even more satisfying moments, because I am still hungry.”

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Roma and Fiorentina talk Kannemann

Roma and Fiorentina are on high alert after Gremio defender Walter Kannemann’s agent flew in to Italy for meetings.

According to Calciomercato.it, the representative is hoping to work out a deal for his move to Serie A.

Among the clubs known to be interested in the 28-year-old are Roma and Fiorentina.

The Giallorossi, in particular, are seeking a centre-back and talks have stalled for Daniele Rugani, as Juventus want €24m plus youth team players Alessio Riccardi and Zan Celar.

Instead, Kannemann would be available for a €10m release clause in his contract with Gremio.

He is an Argentina international with five caps, so already knows Roma defender Federico Fazio.

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Defrel chooses Sampdoria

Roma striker Gregoire Defrel has reportedly chosen a return to Sampdoria, despite offers from Cagliari, Saint-Etienne and Sassuolo.

The forward is available on loan with an option or even obligation to buy for approximately €14m.

There was interest from several clubs, including Cagliari and Sassuolo in Serie A, with Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne stepping up their pursuit today.

However, Sportitalia and Sky Sport Italia are confident Defrel has chosen Sampdoria.

He spent last season there on loan, scoring 12 goals in 39 official matches, but would also reunite with former Sassuolo and Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

It’s believed the presence of the tactician proved decisive.

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