Roma Closing In on Solution to Unlock Belotti Arrival

Roma need to let go of one of their backup strikes to onboard Andrea Belotti, and Felix Afena-Gyan is the closest to exit. Cremonese have come forward for the youngster. The two teams are in advanced talks for a permanent transfer.

As per Corriere dello Sport, the Grigiorossi and the capital side are nearing an agreement on a €9M package. The starlet wasn’t particularly keen on the move at first. However, the insults on social media and the whistles by the Stadio Olimpico crowd contributed to changing his mind. He was reportedly responsible for Georginio Wijnaldum’s injury.

Roma would have preferred to offload Eldor Shomurodov rather than Afena-Gyan to make room for Belotti. Still, the negotiation with Cremonese has progressed more quickly than the one with Bologna for the Uzbek. The Felsinei believe the counterparty will eventually cave and let him depart on loan with option to buy. The talks with Fulham centered around Justin Kluivert have been equally challenging. The Cottagers have tabled a low bid after their loan plus option to buy proposal was declined.

Despite other rich offers, the former Torino striker wants to play for José Mourinho, and an agreement has been reached on a three-year contract with €3M wages. He has been practicing on his own in Palermo in the past month.

Our Take on Roma Potentially Selling Afena-Gyan to Sign Belotti

In an ideal scenario, the talent would have gone out on loan, as he showed great potential, but he’s clearly very raw. There’s a non-zero chance he flourishes elsewhere. They would be wise to arrange a buy-back clause. The other sales make much more sense, but time is running out for everybody, forcing teams into uncomfortable choices.

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