Mourinho Likely to Get His Wish During January Window

José Mourinho is clamoring for a new defender, and his request is likely going to be fulfilled, even though the Roma execs haven’t zeroed in on anybody yet, Corriere dello Sport informs (via Fantacalcio).

The Special One cast more doubts on the return of Chis Smalling from a patellar tendon injury, which might not happen in January. In addition, they won’t have Evan N’Dicka due to AFCON. They’ll be down to bare bones even though Marash Kumbulla is on the verge of coming back.

Roma need to be surgical given the Financial Fair Play restrictions. They’d rather sign a defender already familiar with Serie A. Arthur Theate tops their wish list, but Rennes aren’t in a rush to part ways with him.

The Giallorossi have shown interest in Pablo Marí, but Monza are averse to January departures, even though he hasn’t been as essential as in the past campaign thus far. The Giallorossi have also been linked to Oumar Solet, Jakub Kiwior, and Lorenzo Pirola. Instead, Trevoh Chalobah and Eric Dier would be riskier targets as they haven’t played much.

Our Take on Roma Seeking a Defender

Their intentions are correct, and it’d be ideal to sign somebody who could play either centrally or as a left braccetto. However, since they don’t have a budget, they’ll have to settle with what the market has to offer. Mourinho is a draw and helped them pull off surprising deals out of the blue.

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