Reports in Italy suggest that Roma will have to sell some players this summer to ease financial concerns and that Leandro Paredes is top of the list to go – with Manolas and Nainggolan more valued.
As a result, Calciomercato (not the most trusted publication, may we add) says a £22m offer will be enough for Liverpool to prise away the Argentinian who’s actually a substitute when everyone’s fit.
The 22-year-old has made just ten starts in Serie A, with many criticising him for going missing in big matches.
He sits deep in midfield but is a creator rather than destroyer, looking to dictate tempo and start attacks – much like Jordan Henderson when our skipper is fit.
We don’t have a natural backup for the Englishman, with Emre Can a more physical, dynamic option in the no.6 position – while Paredes would offer Henderson’s composure and metronomic ability to tick over possession.
He’s a decent player and one that has potential to improve, but the physicality and speed of the Premier League might be something he struggles with – just as it was for Alberto Aquilani – the last ‘regista’ we signed from Roma.