NEWS
Monday December 8 2014
Roma mercato summit Thursday

President James Pallotta will be meeting with Roma directors to discuss the January transfer window, with the apparent priority being the defence.

The Giallorossi were expected to shorten the gap with Juventus in Week 14 after the Bianconeri drew 0-0 against Fiorentina on Friday.

Instead, two early goals conceded against Sassuolo meant that the side from the capital had to fight an uphill battle just to take away one point.

The team have now conceded six goals in their last four games in all competitions and the defence will reportedly be the subject of discussion this week with James Pallotta.

The Gazzetta dello Sport say that the President will sit down with sporting director Walter Sabatini and other club officials to outline plans for the January transfer window.

The meeting will take place two days after the game against Manchester City, which will determine Roma's prospects in or out of the Champions League, as well as their financial means.

In view of this meeting, Roma have again been linked to full-back Glen Johnson, whose contract with Liverpool will expire in the summer.

Should the Reds not be willing to sell the player, the alternative according to both the Gazzetta and Corriere dello Sport might be Maxi Pereira, whose contract with Benfica is also due to expire next year.

Sabatini is also seen as looking to purchase one central defender, with Tottenham's Vlad Chiriches being the first option, followed by River Plate's Eder Alvarez Balanta and Marseille's Matheus Doria.

Also, the meeting should finalise the details for the contract renewal of midfielder Alessandro Florenzi.

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