Roma are still looking for a winger to replace Mohamed Salah, who left the Giallorossi for Liverpool earlier this summer, and the club have identified Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez as the man to replace ‘Momo’.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Roma will move for Mahrez after finalising the €20m deal for Sassuolo’s forward Gregoire Defrel, who can play either on the wing or up front. Sky Sport report that Roma have already made contact with Mahrez’s agent to test the waters, and have learned that Leicester are asking for around €30m for the Algerian.
Mahrez contributed 6 goals and 4 assists last season, though the previous season he scored 17 times and made 11 assists in Leicester’s famous title-winning campaign. Roma will have competition for Mahrez’s signature from Arsenal, though according to the Metro, he is only Arsene Wenger’s second choice as he is still hoping to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco instead.
In the meantime, Monchi will have to look elsewhere as he looks to strengthen the Giallorossi defence. Talks had been ongoing with Schalke 04 for Matija Nastastic for some time, but Sky Sport Italia report the clubs couldn’t agree on a fee (Roma’s offer was around €2-3m below the asking price) and Monchi will now turn to other targets.
The Giallorossi will also need to find a new left back after Mario Rui’s transfer to Napoli was finally concluded on Thursday (loan with obligation to buy, subject to Napoli achieving certain targets), while youngsters Riccardo Marchizza and Davide Frattesi left for Sassuolo for a combined €9.5m (€5m for Frattesi, €4.5m for Marchizza).