Roma Looking to Secure Two New Acquisitions

Roma are slated to make two additions to their roster as they have come to terms with Stephan El Shaarawy and reached agreement with FC Dallas for the purchase Bryan Reynolds, however in both cases they will have to wait to make the moves official due to COVID-related reasons.

The 28-year-old Italian attacker will join as a free agent as he rescinded from Shanghai Shenhua and will pen a contract until 2023, earning around €3M per year. However, he is battling Coronavirus and tested positive after he reached Italy from Dubai, so he has not been cleared to take the medicals, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The publication added that he rebuffed inquiries from Lazio, Fiorentina, Olympique Marseille and West Ham to return to his old club.

Roma have also managed to outbid Juventus for Reynolds, who looked poised to transfer to Benevento before eventually landing in Turin. However, the Giallorossi raised their offer and will acquire him on a season-long loan with a €7M obligation to buy plus the 15% of a future sale, Sky Sport informed. As confirmation of the change of direction, the Sanniti have signed Fabio Depaoli, who spent the first half of the season at Atalanta, on loan from Sampdoria in the same role.

The 19-year-old defender recently contracted COVID as well, therefore his arrival in Italy has been delayed by few days, Corriere dello Sport reported, indicating that the added time will be used to solve some bureaucratic issues related to the different tax system between the United States and Italy, which are not expected to be major hurdles.