Roma are reportedly after Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, but are attempting to negotiate around the player's €35m value.
The Giallorossi have been linked to an exceptionally long list of names to bolster their defence in the last few weeks, and the latest appears to be 20-year-old Frenchman's Zouma.
The link was originally forwarded by the Sunday People, who claimed that Roma had launched a €35m bid for the player.
Now the Sunday Times, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims that sporting director Walter Sabatini is attempting to negotiate a loan deal for the player to avoid paying the full transfer fee now.
The story is still bouncing between English and Italian media and there seems to be some disagreement over the details.
The Daily Mirror confirms the story about Roma's giant bid, while LaRoma24.it supports the story of a loan.
The deal may also involve an initial loan followed by a payment of the full amount.
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