Italian title chasers, Roma are understood to be in pole position to capture Boca Juniors’ highly sought after midfielder, Leandro Paredes as discussions between the two clubs have taken place. Roma are said to be keen to finalise a deal before a host of other teams move for the 19-year-old playmaker.
Roma Chief, Walter Sabatini has reportedly begun talks and a fee in the region of €6 million is thought to be enough to prize Paredes out of La Bombonera.
Paredes is a highly-talented creative midfielder who was seen as a potential heir to the ageing, Juan Roman Riquelme. However, as always in Argentine football, money talks and so if the mega-rich Europeans offer enough, Paredes will be the next product off the Argentine football conveyor belt.
For around €6 million it could be a very astute piece of business, as Roma seek to find a replacement for Erik Lamela. Lamela’s progress was handled very well by Roma and although he has struggled since his big-money move to Tottenham, his growth and level of performance in Serie A was outstanding.
Undoubtedly, Roma would point to this fact in trying to persuade the player but they reportedly face stiff competition. Juventus and AC Milan have both been linked and elsewhere in Europe, Arsenal and Real Madrid are said to have scouted him.
Here is a little glimpse of what they could be getting….