Roma Target Rennes Veteran as Rebel Gets Frozen Out

With Rick Karsdorp likely to depart in January, Roma are in the market for a new right-back, and they have set sights on Hamari Traoré. His contract with Rennes expires at the end of the season. He could depart sooner for a low fee, Footmercato informs.

The 30-year-old has logged 19 appearances this season, assisting once. He has been at the club since 2017, when he joined from Reims. He has amassed 222 appearances. He’s coming off his most productive campaign, as he notched three goals and ten helpers in 2021/2022.

Since the departure of Karsdorp is unlikely to fetch a big sum, Roma will have to replace him with a cheap addition, as would be the case with Traoré. The Dutchman had returned to practice and played in the friendlies during the break. However, José Mourinho excluded him from the game-day squad list for the recent game versus Bologna.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Juventus are still after the fullback. They value him €5M, while the Giallorossi €10M. If the deal went through, it would be a loan with obligation to buy.

Our Take on Roma, Traoré, and Karsdorp

There appeared to be the premises for a reconciliation, or at least an appeasement, but José Mourinho has made his call, leaving the management with no choice. It’ll be hard to find somebody willing to spend to take him off their hands, especially in Serie A, as they have no leverage whatsoever. As for his substitute, they’ll have to be creative to find a decent player, given their scarcity of funds.

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