Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly left Milan, Roma and Inter targets Grzegorz Krychowiak and Hatem Ben Arfa off their pre-season tour.
According to L’Equipe, both players have been left out of the group travelling to the United States and will remain in Paris to train separately.
This would be a huge hint they are on the market and not part of Coach Unai Emery’s plans.
Milan and Roma have been heavily linked with Krychowiak, the 27-year-old Polish midfielder who struggled to live up to his €33.5m transfer fee from Sevilla a year ago.
Ben Arfa’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and has been the subject of interest from Milan, Inter and Roma.
Roma beat Slovacko 1-0 thanks to an Umar Sadiq strike, but there were protest banners insulting President Jim Pallotta.
It took until the 77th minute to break the deadlock, as Bruno Peres burst into the box with a give-and-go to set up Sadiq’s finish at the near post.
This was the second pre-season friendly at the Pinzolo training camp and they hosted Czech Republic top flight club Slovacko.
The match was somewhat overshadowed by a series of banners from the 600 fans present, all aimed at the club and President Pallotta.
‘Curva Sud and Pallotta: we’ve never been United.’
Another read ‘Pallotta do us a favour, become Romanista.’
It was also a surprisingly ill-tempered friendly with Gerson’s late tackle sparking a scuffle.
Roma: Alisson (Lobont 64); Bruno Peres, Castan (Gyomber 46), Juan Jesus (Nani 85), Luca Pellegrini (Seck 58); M Ricci (Vainqueur 46), Gonalons, Gerson (Valeau 86); Cappa (Keba 46), Tumminello (Antonucci 64), Perotti (Sadiq 46)
Eusebio Di Francesco has vowed that Roma “will try to buy a champion” this summer. “It’s what we have to do.”
Roma have signed just Lorenzo Pellegrini, Rick Karsdorp and Maxime Gonalons for next season, while Wojciech Szczesny, Mohamed Salah and Leandro Paredes have departed but Di Francesco made it clear the Giallorossi were hoping to make a statement in the market.
“Totti’s meeting with Pallotta? I don’t know what was said,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“I hope Francesco remains close to us with a defined role. Roma and Totti are often talked about, but it’s wrong: Totti is Roma and Roma is Totti.
“Training will be the same for when the other players, who aren’t here, arrive. They’ll all have to get to know each other. I expect constant growth.
“Whoever deserves to play will play, whoever’s out of shape will not. We need professionalism.
“Only those that are in good shape can win with Roma, and I want to be one of them. It’s clear that doing so with good football would be better.
“We’ll try to buy a champion. That’s what we have to do.
“Zeman? I’m not a ‘Zeman’, I’m a ‘Di Francesco’’. I appreciate Zeman for adopting a different style of play to the others and he has his own ideas.
“Still, I don’t want to mimic anyone, I have my own ideas too.”
Roma have insisted that Radja Nainggolan and Kostas Manolas “won’t be going anywhere” this summer, disappointing Inter and Juventus.
Inter had been tipped to make a huge bid for Nainggolan, in the region of €60m, while Juve were quickly linked with Manolas in wake of the shock speculation that Leonardo Bonucci could join Milan.
“Nainggolan and Manolas won’t be going anywhere. If we sell, we do so for two reasons,” President James Pallotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“First is Financial Fair Play, and in this case we’d be forced to sell in order to meet corporate parameters.
“Second is related to a player’s value. We could sell to buy potentially better players. Therefore, Monchi’s doing a great job.”
Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has seemingly confirmed the signing of Turkish starlet Cengiz Under. “We must be prepared to help him.”
Cengiz’s agent suggested the Istanbul Basaksehir starlet would arrive in Rome on Friday to complete a move to the Giallorossi, and Di Francesco appeared to regard the attacker as a new signing.
“He’s Turkish and he’ll have to learn the language,” the Coach said from Madonna di Campiglio, where the Lupi are currently training.
“We must be prepared to help him. It’s a different type of football [to Turkey], but he has some important qualities.”