Roma Resume Chasing Alternative Target for the Midfield

Roma publicly pumped the brakes on the Davide Frattesi deal and reignited their interest in Houssem Aouar, who’s on an expiring contract. José Mourinho would like to get a midfielder in January.

Per Radio Radio (via Calciomercato), the capital side has come to terms with the player. They’ll now attempt to get him right away. However, he just picked up a quadriceps injury that will cost him two-to-three weeks, FootMercato reports.

Aouar had been linked to Roma in previous weeks, with reports suggesting that his personal requests were hefty. Afterward, the Giallorossi turned their attention to trying to orchestrate the long-awaited reunion with Frattesi. However, the talks grounded due to a halt due to differing valuations and Financial Fair Play restrictions.

La Lupa also have Sasa Lukic as a fallback plan to their former youth product. However, Torino coach Ivan Juric slammed the door on a January departure, even though the extension talks aren’t going well (via La Stampa).

“He has always shown commitment, even excessively so since he played hurt and risked missing the World Cup. He’s a super reliable guy, and he’s eager. In my mind, he’s essential and a cornerstone. I don’t expect anything, if not that he’ll play great in the next six months.”

Our Take on Roma and Aouar

Tiago Pinto might have been strategic, but one has to wonder whether they will sign a midfielder at all in January. The fee for the Lyon playmaker would be low, and fitting a salary would be easier than raking up money from their outcasts.

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