Liverpool emerge as prime contenders for cash-strapped Roma’s top talent

Date published: Sunday 17th May 2020 12:34 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool are among the favourites to exploit Roma’s financial concerns and secure a deal for midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports.

Roma, who currently sit fifth in the Serie A table ahead of the expected resumption of the Italian top flight next month, announced debts of €278.5million last week.

Delays in talks with the Friedkin Group over a potential takeover – as well as doubts over whether they will qualify for next season’s Champions League – have added to their financial worries.

Should Roma qualify for next season’s Champions League, the pressure on the club to sell their best talent could be ramped up further.

According to Italian publications Il Tempo, Il Messaggero and the Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia) the first player likely to be on the list of players to be sold is Zaniolo.

The 20-year-old, who moved to Roma from Inter Milan’s youth side in the summer of 2018, became one of the club’s most exciting young talents in his first season and is now rated as Roma’s most valuable player.

The Italy international, who made his debut for his country in March, suffered a serious knee injury earlier this season and is still recovering.


The source claims that Liverpool are among the favourites to snap Zaniolo up, with Lorenzo Pellegrini another who could be sold to raise funds.

It is claimed that there is Premier League interest in Pellegrini, while Juventus and Inter Milan are also said to be keen.

In other news, Liverpool have reportedly offered midfielder Pedro Chirivella a new five-year deal and are awaiting a response from the Spaniard.

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