Sergio Oliveira has had seesawing performances in his first few weeks at Roma. He got off to a tremendous start, finding the target in his first two Serie A appearances. He was pedestrian in the three games after that. Then, a small heel injury caused him to drop out of the starting XI.
The Giallorossi have a €13M option to buy him out in June as he joined on a €1M loan from Porto. CEO Tiago Pinto spoke about the midfielder to Sky before facing Vitesse in European Conference League: “He is an important player. He did well right away and then had some physical problems. This will be a good opportunity for him. We will see at the end of the season.”
Oliveira decided Vitesse-Roma with a volley from the middle of the box, but he was also sent off later on. According to Corriere dello Sport, the club will likely keep the 29-year-old, also considering that he has the same agent as José Mourinho, Jorge Mendes. However, he will have to prove to be worthy of the investment in the remaining fixtures.
According to the same publication, after the FIFA ruling on players in Russia and Ukraine, the Giallorossi are taking a look at the versatile Jean-Philippe Gbamin. He just transferred there after three injury-plagued campaigns at Everton. He would be eligible to join because he has a French passport, while they can not sign non-EU players. Roma tried to add further pieces to the midfield after acquiring Oliveira in January.