Interest in Estudiantes midfielder Santiago Ascacibar is hotting up and while his agent claims contact has been made with clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany, it is Serie A club Roma, leading the chase.
The 20-year-old has been tipped as the new Javier Mascherano since breaking into the Estudiantes first team in 2016 and after captaining Argentina at the Olympics has looked destined for a move to Europe sooner rather than later.
Roma have been closely linked to Ascacibar given Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo’s speculated switch to the Italian club from Sevilla, where Monchi had been following the youngster’s progress.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, “[Oğuzhan] Özyakup, Ascacibar and [Rachid] Ghezzal are the first names on Monchi’s list.”
The Italian press report that Roma’s future sporting director has already outlined his plans to strengthen next season and given Monchi’s fine record at Sevilla, the Giallorossi would put full faith in the 48-year-old.
However, Roma are unlikely to be alone in their interest after the combative defensive midfield player’s consistently superb performances for Estudiantes.
Atlético Madrid, Fiorentina and Sassuolo have all previously been linked and Ascacibar’s agent talks over his client’s future have been widespread.
“We have been in contact with several Serie A clubs, but I cannot reveal their names, especially as right now it is only sounding out the situation rather than real offers,” revealed agent Facundo Fraga
“The same is true of clubs in Germany and Spain, where they have registered interest in Santiago.
“He is a complete midfielder, both when defending and building moves going forward.”