Tuesday August 9 2011
Roma: 'Big distance from Nilmar'

Roma director Walter Sabatini admits he's in talks with Villarreal for Nilmar, but “there's a big distance between us.”

There have been reports for several days that negotiations have been going on and director of sport Sabatini was asked about the situation this afternoon.

“He is a Villarreal player and an excellent player,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“How far away are we? It's what stands between us and the place we need to be. In other words, there's a big distance between us.”

The Brazilian's price-tag is thought to be €20-24m, but a breakthrough must come before August 17.

That is when Villarreal will play Odense in the Champions League preliminary round.