Roma Tipped to Abandon Pursuit of Barcelona Reserve

Hector Bellerin has been linked to a possible move to Roma amid the ongoing Rick Karsdorp saga. However, he’s unlikely to transfer at all in January. Their director Jordy Cruyff hinted in a recent interview that they wished to keep everybody, even those that haven’t played all that much.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via SportMediaset), the Giallorossi have communicated that they were no longer interested in former Gunner. Moreover, Real Betis don’t have the resources to go after him. The fullback is under contract only until the end of the season.

Roma inquired about another Spanish player on top of Bellerin, Alvaro Odriozola. Intermediary Beppe Bozzo recently visited the Trigoria training center. However, José Mourinho prefers other options in case they make an addition to the role, Corriere dello Sport relays.

That will be difficult to pull off if the Karsdorp doesn’t leave. After he didn’t show up right after their first break, the Giallorossi expect him to resume training at the start of next week. If he doesn’t answer the call-up again, the club will have no alternatives but to look for a way out.

Selling him outright in January for €10/12M is a long shot, though. Instead, if he does report to the team, the brass is open to keeping him until the end of the season, either as a fringe member of the squad or among those that have been frozen out but can still train.

Our Take on Roma and Bellerin

The 27-year-old getting close to a move to Serie A that doesn’t come through is a recurring trend in recent windows. The Giallorossi are in a holding pattern until they figure out the exit strategy for their outcast.

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