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Monday June 11 2018
Kluivert worth Roma risk

Roma are on the verge of shelling out €20m for Ajax starlet Justin Kluivert, but Sam Bridges wonders if he's the right investment for the Giallorossi.

Although it is only June and the transfer window is yet to formally open, Roma sporting director Monchi has been active and alert to all possibilities, adding Dinamo Zagreb starlet Ante Coric, Porto’s defensive rock Ivan Marcano and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante, a much coveted Italy international midfielder.

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Thursday June 7 2018
Defrel turns down Benfica

Roma forward Gregoire Defrel has rejected an offer from Benfica, according to reports, but remains on the market.

Pagine Romaniste claim that the French striker has received several proposals over the last few weeks, most notably from Benfica.

His salary of €1.8m including bonuses is proving a problem during negotiations.

Defrel cost €20m to buy from Sassuolo and contributed just one goal in 20 competitive appearances for the club.

The Giallorossi are eager to move him on this summer.

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Sunday June 3 2018
Atalanta confirm Defrel interest

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi confirmed Bryan Cristante will “probably” leave and they are tracking Roma’s Gregoire Defrel.

Midfielder Cristante’s agent said a decision should be made next week, with Roma, Juventus, Inter, Napoli and Lazio interested.

“Cristante will probably be leaving this summer,” Percassi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday May 27 2018
Roma in pole for Cristante

Roma are in pole position to sign Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante, according to reports this morning.

The midfielder spent last season on loan from Benfica, with the Orobici buying him outright for €5m.

However, it’s unlikely he’ll be staying in Bergamo, with Atalanta looking to sell him on for around €30m.

Juventus are thought to be interested in signing him, but calciomercato.com believes that Roma are in pole position.

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Saturday May 26 2018
Roma use Defrel for Cristante

Roma could try to get the upper hand for Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante by offering Gregoire Defrel plus €15m.

Cristante is hot property on the transfer market, wanted by the likes of Juventus, Inter, Napoli, Lazio, Liverpool, Arsenal and Monaco.

According to Tuttosport, the Giallorossi believe they can take the lead in this race by including former Sassuolo forward Defrel as part of the deal.

With an added €15m on top, Atalanta could be swayed into a deal and Cristante would get Champions League football.

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Friday April 20 2018
Defrel ‘undergoes knee surgery’

Roma striker Gregoire Defrel has reportedly undergone surgery to rectify a long-standing knee problem.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the decision was taken as Defrel’s knee would heal around the same time as his ankle, which pulled up only last week.

The Frenchman has been struggling with knee issues for the past year, even before his arrival from Sassuolo in July 2017.

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Saturday April 14 2018
Florenzi doubt for Rome Derby

Diego Perotti and Gregoire Defrel are out of the Rome Derby, while Kostas Manolas and Alessandro Florenzi need fitness tests.

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Coach Eusebio Di Francesco confirmed in today’s Press conference that Defrel and Perotti would not be able to recover in time for this match with their arch rivals Lazio.

Manolas and Florenzi skipped training yesterday after suffering from flu symptoms.

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Friday April 13 2018
Roma suffer Defrel blow?

Roma could be without Gregoire Defrel for the season’s run-in after the striker reportedly suffered an ankle injury.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, Defrel picked up the strain during training on Thursday, describing its impact as ‘violent’, although tests would have ruled out any ligament tear.

Nonetheless, it marks another setback for the Frenchman, who has scored just one goal in 20 appearances since his €20m arrival from Sassuolo last summer.

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Saturday April 7 2018
What we learned from Roma-Fiorentina

From Roma’s serious lack of strength in depth to Fiorentina finding the positive energy from tragedy, here’s what the 2-0 Viola victory taught us.

Words: Ciro Di Brita

Fiorentina have a united front

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Saturday February 24 2018
EDF: 'Roma must build mentality'

Eusebio Di Francesco complimented Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan and insists the Champions League setback with Shakhtar Donetsk was an issue of “mentality.”

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“We must strongly desire third place in Serie A and go through in the Champions League. This is a very important moment of the campaign,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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