As the transfer window draws to a close, the likelihood that Roma signs this enigmatic fellow and his 12,000 airport followers seems more like a fabricated fantasy than a reality. However, that doesn't mean Roma can't or won't land an impact player before the window officially slams shut on September 1st. The big name pursed on everyone's lips for the past month is Torino fullback Bruno Peres.
We've discussed Peres at length this summer, not Dzeko-style of course, but he's dotted our front page since late July and early August. Peres, due to his attacking profile, would be the perfect man to replace Maicon who, let's face it, is hardly reliable nowadays. Peres has decent size for a fullback, he's agile, athletic and incredibly skilled with the ball at his feet--both in terms of individual creativity and crossing--and if last week's opener against Frosinone is any indication, he's ready to bust through in a major way this season.
Granted, it was against a newly promoted side, but Peres picked up right where he left off last season, torching Frosinone to the tune of six dribbles, two shots on goal, three key passes and two tackles. At only 25-years-old, Peres is fast on his way to becoming one of the league's most potent attacking fullbacks.
Of course, the hiccup in this grand plan is Torino's reluctance--and in some instances bold proclamations that they're market is done--to sell anyone at this point in the summer, let alone Peres. And you can't really blame them, Torino has a legitimate shot at European qualification this year, but money talks.
Romanews picked up on a brief, somewhat unsubstantiated, report from La Stampa that claims Roma have prepped a new offer for Peres: €3 million to €4 million for an initial loan, with a potential €11 million to €15 million coming next summer to make the deal permanent. In other words, the total deal could cost €15 million or that could be the final buyout, my poor Italian skills couldn't discern a difference.
A pretty steep cost, sure, but it would be in line with what they plunked (or will plunk) down for Lucas Digne, who narrowly edges out Peres in terms of big-time European experience. However, if Walter Sabatini were able to pull this off, Roma would have two tremendously gifted attacking fullbacks, and while they won't necessarily be able to lock down the flanks defensively, having duel threats on the wings would give Garcia's attack an added layer they were sorely missing last season.
Of course, this move would cause some dominoes to fall. With Peres and Maicon available as right backs, one would assume that would allow Alessandro Florenzi to move further up the pitch, either as a reserve midfielder, or more likely, as a forward, which would in turn cast doubt on the future of Gervinho or Adem Ljajic, and since Garcia loves Gervinho, that might spell doom for Ljajic.
Nevertheless, with four days or so remaining in the transfer window, it's safe to assume Roma's remaining activity, and the subsequent rumors, will revolve around Peres and Ljajic.