Roma Nearing Agreement with Promising Benfica Goalkeeper

Roma could bring in a new goalkeeper next summer as they have laid their eyes on Mile Svilar. The 22-year-old has just six months left on his contract with Benfica, the previous team of CEO Tiago Pinto, who is a big fan of the youngster.

The Giallorossi approached his entourage for a possible Bosman addition, Sky Sport reports. However, they will try to engineer a way for the Portuguese club to recoup some money. For instance, they could get a percentage of a future sale, newspaper Correio de Manha informs. The local publication adds that the talks for the move are very advanced.

On top of the Roma chief, Mourinho is high on Svilar as well. He publicly praised him after facing him with Manchester United: “This kid is a beast, an absolute phenom.” The goalie had a blunder but also saved a penalty kick during such two-legged clash. He was the youngest goalkeeper to debut in Champions League. He beat a record that belonged to Iker Casillas by 60 days.

After joining from Anderlecht in 2017, he has played more with Benfica B than with the first team, with which he has registered 23 appearances. The shot-stopper decided to represent Serbia after featuring with Belgium when was younger. He made his international debut last September. Svilar would most likely start as Rui Patricio’s backup if Roma managed to put him under contract, as it is probable at this point. He has allowed 68 goals and kept 15 clean sheets in 54 games in Liga Sabseg.