The Christmas break is finally over, and regular service resumes in the top leagues across Europe including, of course, Serie A. Here are the five things to watch out for in the second half of this thrilling season. Roma must make the right moves this January The Giallorossi have been very shaky at the back, so defensive cover will be needed before the end of this month. The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Alvaro Arbeloa and Mathieu Debuchy have been linked with moves to the capital as Ashley Cole and Torosidis look to leave the club. Juan Jesus is also another potential target this winter, but a deal for the Brazilian looks unlikely at the moment. Last year Roma made some decisive mistakes in the transfer window and they must get it right this winter. Juan Iturbe, who will go down as one of the costliest blunders in Roma’s history, has already been offloaded, while Seydou Doumbia has returned after his loan […]

Roma president James Pallotta says Manchester United will have to pay a “huge” fee to sign Kevin Strootman while Palermo patron Maurizio Zamparini revealed he “turned down Manchester United” offers for Paulo Dybala. Roma president James Pallotta has admitted that he would be forced to listen to offers for Kevin Strootman if a big-money bid came in for the Dutch midfielder. The Netherlands international has been a reported target for Manchester United and the Giallorossi chief said that he would entertain offers for the highly-rated Strootman. Roma have already seen Erik Lamela and Marquinhos lured away by attractive offers, it’s understandable that the incessant reports linking the Lupi’s star midfielders, Strootman and Pjanic, with moves abroad grate a little on Pallotta, even if he knows that’s how the business works. He told Bleacher Report: “I do get annoyed,” he admits. “I think the papers have finally given up on the Strootman thing, because Kevin’s come out and addressed it, saying […]

Manchester United target Kevin Strootman admits his desire to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona in future. Kevin Strootman has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a long time. It is expected that Louis Van Gaal will approach AS Roma to sign the midfielder in the January transfer window. Kevin Strootman recently hinted that he may look for a move away from Roma in order to fulfill his ambitions of getting to the ‘absolute top’. However, the Dutch midfielder might not be interested in a move to the Old Trafford as he expressed his desire of making a switch to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. “I absolutely do not see Roma as just an intermediate step in my career,” Strootman is quoted as telling Voetbal International magazine. “But I do think a player who performs well here will get to the absolute top quicker.” He added: “Of course everybody wants to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, […]

Manchester United have received a transfer blow in the form of Kevin Strootman as his club’s director Mauro Baldissoni has revealed that the midfielder is not for sale. The Dutchman has been linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford in the last few months but Baldissoni responded to the rumours and said that he is a key player for Roma, “I read about Kevin’s transfer to Manchester United every day, and it’s something even our President doesn’t like. “[James] Pallotta released a statement a few days ago saying that Kevin is not for sale. “We received no offers from Manchester United and we don’t intend to sell him because he is a young player, with a long contract that binds him to us. “Roma want to build the team around him,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. Strootman has had an impressive spell at Roma after making the switch from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 for a hefty fee of €16.5m. He was a key figure in […]

James Pallotta reaffirmed that the AS Roma midfielder is not for sale and outlined his desire is to retain the best players in his squad. Reports from England continue to suggest that the 24-year-old Dutch international will head to Old Trafford in January or at the end of this season but the Roma president clearly warned Strootman’s rumored move will not materialize. “Manchester United wants Strootman? It is just not happening.”,Pallotta told BBC Sport at the Leaders in Football Conference. “I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don’t have any interest in selling Kevin.” The American owner also denied suggestions that Roma had set a price-tag of £75m for Strootman. “Obviously as business people when people call us and say ‘we want your player’ you are going to listen to them. You have to do that, that is the business side. That doesn’t mean you are going to make a decision that [an offer of] […]