AS Roma are all set to secure the services of Barcelona youngster Carles Perez, who could reportedly cost around €13 million.
According to Onda Cero, as relayed by AS, AS Roma have agreed a deal with Barcelona regarding the arrival of Carles Perez. The player is set to have a medical in Rome on Tuesday and the move is likely to be officiated within in the coming days. It is believed that Roma will have to pay €13 million for the services of Perez.
Weirdly, there won’t be any buy-back clause embedded in Perez’s proposed deal to AS Roma. It does, however, makes sense, to an extent, as newly appointed Barcelona manager Quique Setien has already deemed Perez surplus to his requirements.
Should the move happens, Perez would become the third player to Catalonia this January, following in the footsteps of Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena, who moved to FC Schalke and Real Betis respectively.
The departure of Perez could create a significant void in Barcelona’s depth in the offensive department. The Spanish giants are already without Luis Suarez due to injury, which is forcing Setien to deploy Antoine Griezmann in a central role.
That leaves him with Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi as his only options in the wide attacking department, although Arda Turan has returned from his loan spell at Istanbul Basaksehir.
So it could be extremely vital for Barcelona that they manage to sign a new winger in this remaining period of the ongoing January transfer window. Setien’s side has been linked with a move for Valencia’s star forward Rodrigo and it remains to be seen whether or not they will be able to secure his services by the end of this month.
As for Perez, himself, a move to Roma could be helpful as he seeks to make his mark in Europe. The Italian outfit has struggled with a host of injury problems throughout the course of the campaign. In fact, the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nicolo Zaniolo are still injured, forcing coach Paulo Fonseca to be over-reliant on the services of players like Justin Kluivert.
That being said, the Spaniard will still have to compete with Cengiz Under and possibly Mkhitaryan for a place in the starting lineup. Nevertheless, a switch to Rome would still increase his overall game-time by a considerable margin, thus giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents in one of the top five leagues in Europe.