Roma Trying to Push Through Problems for Top Targets

Roma are facing big obstacles in their attempts to sign Marcos Leonardo and Marko Arnautovic, but they don’t plan to give up. The negotiation with Santos is continuing. José Mourinho wants an experienced striker too.

The Brazilian club’s director Paulo Roberto Falcao threw a damper on the transfer of the prodigy (via SportMediaset).

“He was targeted by Roma, which spoke with the president. I didn’t interfere. Their bid was low, besides the other conditions. There’s no way to get the deal done.”

Per Gianluca Di Marzio, the talks are ongoing despite the remarks. The Giallorossi improved their proposal to €10M plus €8M, hoping Santos won’t play the cat-and-mouse game. Marcos Leonardo isn’t the only striker chased by Roma, as they are interested in Arnautovic as well, Corriere dello Sport informs.

The Austrian talisman is the top fallback to Alvaro Morata. Even though Bologna aren’t keen to sell, the capital side could put forth a €3.5M offer. On the other hand, they might consider activating the Spaniard’s release clause if they sold Roger Ibanez to Nottingham Forest.

Our Take on Roma, Marcos Leonardo, and Arnautovic

It’d be a well-assorted duo and please both the brass and the Special One. Morata has more years at high levels in him, but it’d be a grave error to invest most of the prospective windfall in him rather than in multiple additions.

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