Despite not yet cementing a place in the Estudiantes first team, interest in Argentina under-20 international Juan Foyth is heating up with the central defender confirming an approach from Roma amid reported interest from Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The 20-year-old was one of few Argentina players to have come away from the recent World Cup with his reputation enhanced but more importantly has looked at ease stepping up from academy football to the Estudiantes first team.
Estudiantes are reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of €9 million but Foyth has already confirmed that an offer from Roma has been been submitted.
“I read it on social media, so I asked my agent for more information and they confirmed to me the news about a Roma offer was real,” Foyth told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“Roma are one of the most important clubs in the world, so anyone would love to play there. It’d be wonderful. Now I am focused on Estudiantes games, then once the tournament is over, we’ll see how the situation evolves.
“They are certainly ready to get back to winning ways, as Roma have a great squad and the potential to win. They are also accustomed to always fighting for the top spots in Serie A.”
Former Estudiantes manager Diego Simeone is reportedly keen on the young defender and Foyth was recommended to Pochettino but it remains to be seen if any of the European clubs will do enough to tempt El Pincha to sell.
After making only six appearances for Estudiantes this season, the converted centre-forward, needs more playing time and would presumably be pushing for a starting role next season were he to remain in La Plata. For the likes of Roma, signing the 20–year-old now may get ahead of the game but it might not be the most beneficial move for the player at this stage of his career.