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Kolarov: Nainggolan will score twice

Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov claims Radja Nainggolan will score twice against Inter and that “I like Edin Dzeko more” than Mauro Icardi.

Icardi goes into Sunday’s clash between the two sides as Serie A’s second top scorer, while Nainggolan will make his first appearance since being reprimanded for a New Year’s video of him drinking and smoking.

“Icardi their biggest threat? Yes, but they also have other players that can make the difference,” the left-back told Sky Sport Italia.

“Icardi or Dzeko? I like Dzeko more. Nainggolan? We talked about it, he knows he was wrong and I don’t think he’ll do something like that again.

“Radja’s a very good guy and he’ll put everything behind him with two goals on Sunday.”


‘Cristante will leave Atalanta, but…’

Bryan Cristante’s agent has confirmed that the midfielder will leave Atalanta – but not until the summer.

Cristante’s impressive performances for Atalanta have seen him linked with the likes of Juventus, Roma and Inter, and Beppe Riso admitted the Orobici would not be able to hold on to the 22-year-old for much longer.

“He’ll move on at the end of the season,” he told Top Calcio 24.

“We’ve already talked to the Percassi family. He’s an international-level player.

“How much is he worth? Now isn’t the right time to talk about his value and numbers. These are things that the Percassi family will take care of.

“I have to evaluate the path that Bryan will take, dealing with the clubs capable of improving him and the right Coaches.

“We’ll discuss numbers when the time is right.”


Emerson agrees Chelsea terms?

Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri has reportedly agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, leaving a transfer fee the stumbling block.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Emerson will earn €2.5m a season if his move to Chelsea goes through.

However, the website warns there is still a €5m difference in valuation, with the Blues having come in at €20m.

The Giallorossi would want an extra €5m for the Italo-Brazilian, albeit in the form of bonus payments.


Florenzi: ‘Turn Roma trend around’

Alessandro Florenzi is confident Roma can “turn the negative trend around” when Serie A resumes against Inter on Sunday night.

The Giallorossi saw out 2017 with a Coppa Italia exit to Torino, along with a run of one point from three Serie A rounds.

“On Sunday we have a very important clash with a tough side like Inter,” Florenzi told Roma TV.

“We’ve got to turn the negative trend around that we’ve been dragging on for a few weeks. It’s best not to focus on the past, but instead think of the present and use the frustration we’ve accumulated in the performance.”

Naturally, this is also a reunion with former Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti, who is now sitting in third with Inter.

“It is an advantage that we already know Spalletti, as we know his weaknesses, but then again he knows ours too. It’ll be an entertaining match and should be fun for the neutrals too.”

Following that test at San Siro, there is the rescheduled trip to Sampdoria on January 24, just four days before the two teams meet again at the Stadio Olimpico.

That fixture at Marassi was originally set for September, but called off due to weather warnings in the city of Genoa.

“There will be a tough run of games coming up, but Roma will give their best to bring home as many points as possible.”


Roma lay groundwork for Coric

Roma have reportedly secured a deal for Dinamo Zagreb creative midfielder Ante Coric for €12m, though he won’t move until the summer.

According to Pagine Romaniste, director of sport Monchi and consultant Federico Balzaretti have been working on this deal behind the scenes for many months.

Coric’s family and entourage visited Rome to discuss the situation before Christmas and will be back to sign the paperwork in February.

The 20-year-old is under contract until June 2022 and has been linked with numerous clubs, including Manchester City and Liverpool.

The deal is believed to be worth €12m, including bonuses, and comes with a five-year contract.

So far this season, the player nicknamed the ‘new Luka Modric’ has contributed three goals and two assists in nine HNL games.