Roma surpass Juve for Reynolds

In a sudden turnaround, it’s reported Roma have beaten Juventus to the signing of FC Dallas defender Bryan Reynolds.

The Giallorossi had been the first to chase him down several weeks ago, then Juve emerged as the favourites, sending him on loan to Benevento first.

They had to take this step, because the Bianconeri have already filled their non-EU slots.

However, there were delays in getting the deal done and FC Dallas were more inclined to work with Roma than Juventus.

According to Il Tempo reporter Filippo Biafora this evening, Roma have turned the situation on its head and agreed a loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season.

It’s believed the Giallorossi offered immediate playing time in Serie A as well as an improved contract.

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Lazio and Parma look at Rugani

Lazio and Parma are eager to bring Juventus defender Daniele Rugani back to Serie A, midway through his loan with Stade Rennais.

The 26-year-old was sent to France on loan in October after struggling for playing time in Turin.

His situation hasn’t really improved their either, with just two competitive games for the club, largely due to thigh issues.

According to Sportitalia, Lazio and Parma have asked Juve about picking up Rugani in the January transfer window for the remaining six months of that loan.

Lazio are seeking a defender after news Luiz Felipe would be out until March following ankle surgery.

Parma are also looking towards Roma’s Federico Fazio, but are put off by his wages.

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Napoli resolve final Milik details

Arkadiusz Milik might finally be on his way to Olympique Marseille after Napoli agreed to drop legal action against the striker.

That was the obstacle holding up both this transfer and the one in September towards Roma.

According to Sportitalia and Sky Sport Italia, that has now been resolved, because Napoli accepted they were in a no-win situation with his contract due to expire in June.

Milik needs to sign a new contract with Napoli before he can be allowed to join Marseille on loan with obligation to buy.

The club had outstanding issues with the Poland international, specifically suing him – and all the players who took part in the ‘mutiny’ that sparked Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal – for image rights and docking their wages.

Marseille are expected to pay €9m plus €4m in add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause included in the agreement.

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Roma sackings after substitute error

It’s reported Roma have fired team manager Gianluca Gombar and Global Sport Officer Manolo Zubiria after the embarrassing substitution error.

They didn’t read the rules correctly for the Coppa Italia and made a sixth substitution during extra time in their 4-2 defeat to Spezia.

Only five changes were allowed, the regulation stated that an extra ‘slot’ was allowed in extra time to make changes, but not an extra substitution.

The five substitutions in 90 minutes can be made in three ‘slots’ to ensure time isn’t wasted.

Because of the howler, Roma would’ve been eliminated from the Coppa Italia even if they hadn’t lost on the field.

This isn’t even the first time this season that Roma have been penalised for not sticking by the rules, as they already had a 3-0 defeat given to them by default against Hellas Verona for fielding Amadou Diawara when he was ineligible.

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Pope Francis congratulates Spezia

Spezia had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican today and he congratulated them for the Coppa Italia win against Roma.

The club will remain in Rome for the next few days, as they will face Roma again in Serie A this weekend.

So they took the opportunity to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican and he was given his own Spezia jersey.

“First of all, congratulations, because you did so well yesterday,” His Holiness told the players.

“In Argentina, we dance the tango, and the tango is the 4-2 music. You won 4-2, so that’s good. Congratulations and courage!

“And thank you for visiting me, because I love to see the efforts of young people in sport. Sport is a marvellous thing, it brings out all the best we have in ourselves.

“Continue like this, because it brings you to a great nobility. Thank you for your efforts.”

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