Friday June 15 2012
Roma close to Merkel

Roma are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal with Genoa to sign midfielder Alexander Merkel.

Sky Sport Italia are suggesting that Zdenek Zeman’s side are closing in on the 20-year-old, who less than two weeks ago was described by Grifone CEO Pietro Lo Monaco as ‘untouchable’.

Genoa only gained full ownership of the Germany Under-20 international in May, after first signing him on a co-ownership deal from Milan a year ago, only to hand him back to the Rossoneri in January.

Merkel missed a majority of the season through injury, but remains a highly-regarded and versatile midfielder.

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