With Nicolo Zaniolo out a minimum of five to six months following his successful ACL surgery earlier today, it was only natural for Roma to be connected to every winger under the sun. We saw Suso rumors resurface for the dozenth time over the past two years but the name pursed on everyone's lips in the immediate wake of yesterday's calamity was Matteo Politano, Roma's erstwhile primavera product turned Inter Milan player.
You didn't have to be a genius to connect these dots—Roma have been chasing Politano for about two weeks now according to certain reports—but with the Giallorossi down a player for the next six months, simple numbers would suggest a corresponding move was incoming.
And, well, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are planting the seeds for an intriguing set of transactions:
Per Di Marzio (English link here via Football Italia), in the wake of Zaniolo's injury, Roma are ramping up their pursuit of the 26-year-old attacking midfielder/winger, reportedly considering the notion of swapping Leonardo Spinazzola to bring Politano back into the fold.
Politano, as you may recall, is a born and bred Roman who has bounced around a bit since leaving Roma's youth setup. From Pescara to Sassuolo to Inter Milan, Politano has established himself as a serviceable and versatile attacking player, scoring 25 league goals and contributing 16 assists over the past five seasons.
Di Marzio didn't speculate on any financial figures, but he reasons their values are close enough to make this deal plausible and relatively easy to close.
Bringing aboard Politano was always an interesting move, particularly as it seems like Cengiz Under is not Fonseca's preferred wide player, but without Zaniolo, Politano may now be a necessity.
As far as parting with Spinazzola is concerned, draw your own conclusions. He was brought to Rome this summer as part of the Luca Pellegrini/Cooking the Books for FFP deal between Juventus and Roma, and, with only 500 minutes or so under his belt, it's safe to say he's hasn't lived up to expectations.
One would imagine that, were this deal to pass, Roma would bring in another left back, but we'll have to wait and see. For now, it seems like Gianluca Petrachi is acting fast to reinforce Roma's attack, potentially bringing a productive and versatile asset.