As tends to be the case, the Italian media were relatively quick to pick up on the English press’ claim that Roma had made a ‘tentative attempt’ to sign Morgan Schneiderlin.

Needing reinforcement in front of their defence, the Serie A side reportedly approached the Everton midfielder, but the details were scarce.

Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport picked up on this for their Monday newspapers, crediting the original story, yet neither seem to be able to add to the story much.

The only one offering any kind of insight is the latter, who make it clear the only way Roma could be able to afford to team up Schneiderlin with compatriot Steven N’Zonzi would be through the shape of a loan.

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If Everton don’t agree to those terms in any future approach, then ‘nothing can be done’.

The 29-year-old was bought by Everton from Manchester United back in 2017 for just over £20m, but has quickly fallen out of favour, especially under Marco Silva, playing just 368 minutes of football this season spread over nine appearances in all competitions.