Roma have started monitoring two youngsters for the present and the future, Lorenzo Pirola and Ross McCausland. The former is an immediate target, while they have joined the race to sign the latter on a Bosman move, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs (via Virgilio).
Acquiring the defender would help them make up for Chris Smalling’s injury woes and Evan N’Dicka’s AFCON-related absence. Salernitana purchased him for €5M last summer after a solid loan spell. Inter didn’t activate their €13M counter-option.
The Granata would likely ask for a slightly superior sum to sell Pirola in January, while Roma want McCausland gratis in June 2024. The 20-year-old has started featuring routinely with the Rangers’ first team this season. He has scored and assisted once in ten appearances.
Atalanta are also watching the winger very attentively. He can play on either flank. He has hit the net 9 times and set up 5 teammates in 41 matches with the second squad in previous campaigns. The attacker has 5 caps with Northern Ireland U-21.
Our Take on Roma, Pirola, and McCausland
The young center-back would be an interesting addition. His team might take the chance of turning a small profit considering how their season is going since his price tag would drop if they get relegated. It’ll depend on how they fare till January. No harm no foul in onboarding a talented attacker on a free move, but they won’t run unopposed, starting from his own team.
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