Last week I joked that Maicon was a Big Mac and a Netflix binge away from being useless, and while I have no idea what sort of shows Big Doug enjoys of if he's "Lovin' It", Maicon still managed to pick up an injury during a recent training session. Whether it's solely because of this injury or simply because of their persisting interest, Roma are reportedly lodging a new effort to obtain Torino fullback Bruno Peres.
We first spoke about Peres two weeks to the day, and not much has changed since then. If you've been following the Nikola Maksimovic-to-Napoli rumors, you're no doubt aware that Torino president Urbano Cairo is a tough negotiator, one who is loath to relinquish any additional defenders after cashing in on Matteo Darmian.
Although we've been talking about Peres for some time, he's still a relative new comer to the Italian scene, having only made the hop across the Atlantic last summer in a €2.2 million move from Santos in his native Brazil.
Given that bargain bottom price, Torino is in no rush to part with their last remaining fullback, so Cairo has every reason to hold firm to his €15 million valuation, which is about €5 million above Roma's last offer, which was, of course, packaged as a loan with an option to buy.
With Antonio Rudiger and Norbert Gyomber in town for their medical exams today, Peres and PSG leftback Lucas Digne figure to be the last remaining targets of Roma's summer campaign.
There is, of course, the matter of those 12,000 fans waiting at the airport...