Diego Llorente is nearing a new loan spell at Roma after the Italians got Leeds United to approve another short-term agreement for the Spaniard. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Whites have agreed to let the 29-year-old spend another season at the Stadio Olimpico following a short-term loan in 2022/23.
Llorente swapped Elland Road for Roma in January. Since then, he made nine league appearances toward the end of last season and helped the Giallorossi reach the Europa League final. Despite experiencing several injury setbacks, he seems to have convinced Jose Mourinho to hand him a lifeline in the capital.
On the other hand, Leeds have gladly accepted Roma’s proposal to keep the former Real Sociedad defender for another season. After suffering relegation from the Premier League, the Whites face a mass clearout in the summer, with numerous first-team stars expected to leave Yorkshire in search of top-flight football.
While Llorene hasn’t been a significant cog in Leeds’ machinery, his temporary departure would still help the struggling English outfit comply with FFP. As for Roma, his stay should keep Mourinho’s defensive options at an optimal level, particularly in the midst of Roger Ibanez’s uncertain future at the Olimpico.
Afraid of losing the Brazilian in the coming months, the Giallorossi have already made their move in the transfer market. Evan Ndicka arrived as a free agent earlier this week after running down his contract at Eintracht Frankfurt. Roma faced stiff competition from fierce rivals Milan, yet they passed the challenge with flying colors.
In addition to Mourinho’s tireless effort to strengthen his ranks, he’s also working on the outgoings. Roma could soon remove two exciting young prospects from their payroll. Di Marzio claims Sassuolo will finalize a double swoop for the two Giallorossi talents next week. Cristian Volpato and Filippo Missori are said to be on the verge of moving to the Mapei Stadium.
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