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Transfer Deadline Watch: Will Roma Make a Last Minute Move?

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It’s either a day you loathe or love. Transfer deadline day is here, and we’ve got you covered.

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He’s so in love with Khaleesi, it hurts.
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Transfer deadline day, the Christmas morning for transfer rumor mongers and readers, is at last upon us. While often times deadline day is full of sound and fury signifying nothing, Roma has landed a few big fish on August 31st over the years, most notably Miralem Pjanic in 2011, who Roma snagged for a mere €11 million.

Chances are we won’t see a significant move from Roma today, so in addition to giving you a safe space to concoct your own rumors, we’ll take a quick look at some current areas of need as well as the rumors therein.

Midfield

As we discussed yesterday, Roma is pretty much set for their top four midfielders—Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Paredes—but they seem to be lacking a genuine attacking threat off the bench, at least until we know what we’ve got with Gerson.

So far Roma has been connected with last minute swoops for Arsenals’ Jack Wilshere and Dynamo Kiev’s Younes Belhanda. Will either of these men be donning Roman red come Wednesday evening?

We’ll see, but they seem like the odds on favorites at this point.

Fullback

Come on, don’t act surprised. Despite their signings of Mario Rui and Bruno Peres, if the first few matches of the season were any indication, they still need help at the back. However, with no names of any note connected to Roma in the past few days, chances are we’ll have to stomach the site of Rrruan Jesus as a makeshift left back.

Of course, Spalletti could just roll with a three man backline, but he hasn’t given any indication he’s plotting this change of course. But hey, Roma will always need a fullback, so we’ll add it to the list anyway.

Forward

With Sadiq Umar and Federico Ricci heading out on loan(ish) moves to Bologna and Sassuolo, respectively, don’t be shocked if Walter Sabatini plucks someone up on the cheap. We should also keep an eye on Juan Iturbe, who most definitively has no place in this squad.

As far as I can tell, that’s about all Roma really needs at this point. With Alisson and Wojciech Szczesny donning the gloves, they’re set at keeper for the time being, while the departure of Norbert Gyomber would at least seem to open up a bench spot in central defense, don’t hold your breath.

So that’s it for now, if you dig anything else up, feel free to post and dissect it below.