Roma close to Lens defender

Roma are close to a €4m deal for teenage RC Lens centre-back William Bianda, claims Sportitalia transfer guru Alfredo Pedullà.

The defender just turned 18 last month and is under contract until June 2020.

He came up through the Lens youth academy and was promoted to the senior squad in November 2017.

Bianda can play in both a three-man defence and four at the back, having been compared to Samuel Umtiti.

The cost of the operation is believed to be €4m plus bonuses.

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