Roma Initiate Challenging Talks to Sign Monza Defender

Roma have had some contacts with Monza to ask for Pablo Marí to address their well-known issues in the back and general lack of depth. José Mourinho was complimentary after the recent bout between the two sides, calling him a ‘tree.’

Per Corriere dello Sport, the first attempt by the Giallorossi came up empty-handed. The Brianzoli don’t want to lose their linchpins in January. They’d do it only for a large offer, which is unlikely to come from the capital club. The player is on the same page.

Roma are very keen on Pablo Marí but might have to wait until June to snap him up. He’s contracted till 2025 and makes €2M per year. He’ll be in the same situation that forced Monza to cash in on Carlos Augusto in the past window.

The journeyman has had a seesawing career but has hit his stride since transferring to Serie A, first at Udinese and then to the Biancorossi. He starred for Arsenal, Flamengo, Deportivo La Coruna, NAC Breda, Girona, and Gimnastic in the past.

Our Take on Roma and Marí

While they have been linked to glitzier names, he’s probably the type of signing they can truly afford. Monza have often done the buyers a solid on the formulas. The main sticking point is that they need somebody in January already. He’s more of a Chris Smalling heir than a short-term replacement or a backup in general given his lack of versatility.

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