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.
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.
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 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."
Roma are having trouble in the negotiations for Marcos Leonardo and Duvan Zapata and have begun considering different options to shore up their attack, Chelsea’s Armando Broja and Betis Sevilla’s Willian José. Milan are after the Albanian marksman as well.
Despite significant problems during the negotiation, Roma haven’t given up the chase for Marcos Leonardo. Rafaela Pimenta is helping them out. She has flown to Brazil for direct talks with Santos. The Giallorossi are unlikely to keep pursuing the starlet past this week and will table a final offer.
Roma tried to overtake Fiorentina at the last corner to purchase Lucas Beltran, but he’s indeed headed to the Viola. The Giallorossi worked primarily on the player’s front by offering a larger salary. But their bid to River Plate was lower. He's replacing Arthur Cabral.
Roma have a big ally in their pursuit of Marcos Leonardo amid a challenging negotiation with Santos, the player himself. He has skipped practice for two days in a row. He wants the club to abide by the promise that he would leave this summer.