Roma Set for Quiet End Amid Ties to Barcelona Defender

The departure of Ola Solbakken will most likely be the only deal Roma complete on deadline day. They’ll be on high alert after the end of the window too, though. Chris Smalling is receiving offers from Saudi Arabia but has rejected them so far.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via OneFootball), the Norwegian attacker is in Greece to finalize his Olympiakos move. The buyers will have a €5M option to make the transfer permanent after the initial loan. They’ll pay a €1.5M fee that decreases depending on how much he plays.

Roma won’t need to replace Solbakken due to the recent acquisitions of Sardar Azmoun and Romelu Lukaku. Instead, they might consider an addition in the back under the right circumstances.

They have earmarked Barcelona’s Eric Garcia. However, it’s improbable the Catalans will let him go on a loan with an option to buy, which is the only formula the Giallorossi can afford at the moment.

While they can exclude two injured players, Tammy Abraham and Marash Kumbulla, from the UEFA list, they’ll have tough decisions to make in January when they’ll be back, as there won’t be room for everybody.

Our Take on Roma

Losing Smalling after the end of the window would be an unmitigated disaster. They aren’t super deep in the back. They should go for it if they find another decent defender.

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