The arrival of a new manager normally means a whole stream of new targets for the media to play around with.
In this case, we’re talking about Paulo Fonseca being introduced as Claudio Ranieri’s successor at Roma, and the Italian outlets haven’t taken long to get the ball rolling, with midfield a priority.
We’ve previously covered claims he is looking at somehow getting Fred from Manchester United, a vague interest in West Ham’s Pedro Obiang, and now Calciomercato.it believe the Serie A side could make a move for Swansea’s Leroy Fer.
The Dutchman will be out of contract at Liberty Stadium come the end of the month, meaning he is able to talk to any club about joining on a free.
The Italian website explain Daniele De Rossi’s exit and the potential sale of Steven Nzonzi have forced Roma to look for a new midfielder on the transfer market, and one they are ‘evaluating’ is that of Leroy Fer.
His versatility is of great appeal, as are his physical attributes, with the 29-year-old capable of popping up with the odd goal or assist while also disrupting the opposition’s attacks.
Injured for most of the second half of the season, the club captain still managed to make 25 league appearances last year, scoring once and providing the final pass for three other goals.