Roma tried for Llorente

Roma director Monchi tried to sign Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid right up to the transfer deadline, claims As.

The 23-year-old midfielder can also play at centre-back when needed and struggled for playing time last season, given only 20 competitive appearances, most of them off the bench.

He also played in the International Champions Cup match against Roma in July.

According to Spanish paper As, director of sport Monchi attempted repeatedly to negotiate a loan or even permanent transfer right up to the deadline.

However, Real Madrid wouldn’t release him after already sending Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea.

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