Rafaela Pimenta has commented on a few of her clients that will enliven the January transfer window during an event in Rome. He began by addressing Marcos Leonardo: “That would be a question for the Giallorossi. He’s ready to leave, and his price tag has been determined."
Roma came within a hair’s width from acquiring Marcos Leonardo last summer. Santos ultimately decided to keep him as they had already sold other talents and were struggling in league play. The Giallorossi were very confident about the purchase being simply postponed after deadline day, but their optimism has progressively waned.
Considered one of Brazilian football’s hottest prospects, Leonardo is contracted with Santos until December 2026, and is expected to depart the club by the end of the 2023/24 European season. The emergence of Premier League giants Newcastle United in the transfer race is set to shake things up.
Marcos Leonardo was very close to joining Roma last summer, but a few factors impeded him from switching sides. Giallorossi icon Aldair is skeptical the move will come together in the future either: “I don’t think the transfer will happen. He’s very good. There was a lot of chatter last summer."
Santos general manager Alexandre Gallo has backed Marcos Leonardo to leave in the next transfer window, after Roma failed to come an agreement over the summer. Although Leonardo is touted to face extra competition come winter, Roma are still in pole position to win the transfer race.
Roma might face new competitors for Marcos Leonardo ahead of the January window, but they believe they already have an agreement with Santos in the bag. They came within a hair’s width from snapping up the talent in the summer. However, the deal collapsed over circumstances beyond their control.
Roma couldn’t strike a deal to onboard Marcos Leonardo this summer, but their interest hasn’t waned, and they’ll try again in the future. The Giallorossi bounced back nicely, adding Romelu Lukaku and Sardar Azmoun to round out their frontline, although on loan. Tiago Pinto dished on the matter.
Marcos Leonardo won’t join Roma this summer, as Santos took him off the market, but the Giallorossi remain very keen on a January addition, which they will try to seal in short order. The prodigy confirmed the turn of events: "What happened hurts me and the club."
Roma have scheduled a meeting with Atalanta to finalize the Duvan Zapata deal. The operation slowed down because of the opening round. La Dea just lost El Bilal Touré for months to a major thigh injury, but they could still part ways with their stalwart if their demands were fulfilled.
Roma will accelerate talks with Santos to capture the signature of up-and-coming forward Marcos Leonardo at the start of next week. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Italians are hellbent on closing a long-running dialogue with the Brazilian outfit and securing the youngster's arrival in January 2024.
Roma will start the season without a new striker, but Hugo Ekitiké is gaining steam among the options linked to them in recent days. The Giallorossi hope PSG will become increasingly lenient on the formula as the transfer window nears its conclusion. The Ligue 1 side rebuffed Milan.
Roma are struggling to make Santos cave for Marcos Leonardo despite the wish of the player and the help of his agent Rafaela Pimenta. The Brazilian club’s president Carlos Rueda stated that their proposal was insufficient: “We need him, and our goal is to keep him until December."