Fernando Gago was a Roma target, but shock reports suggest Palermo have struck a deal with Real Madrid.
The Argentine international has been told he is not part of Jose Mourinho's plans and can leave the Bernabeu.
The 25-year-old had been very close to the Giallorossi with a move expected over the next few hours, but there's a sudden twist in the tale.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to take the midfielder.
He still needs to work out personal terms with the player, but can offer similar circumstances to Roma, as both went out of the Europa League in the preliminary rounds.
Instead, Roma are thought to be focusing their attention on Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
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