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Transfer Deadline Day Open Thread

The summer/fall mercato closes in a few hours, come share the latest rumors here.

Udinese v AS Roma - Serie A Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Over the years, we've seen Roma's assortment of sporting directors take markedly different approaches to reshaping the Giallorossi's roster. From Walter Sabatini's infamous 11th hour night moves, which netted Roma players like Miralem Pjanic, to Monchi's supermarket sweep in which he signed nearly a dozen players before the window officially opened to Gianluca Petrachi's more measured approach, all we've really learned from Roma's transfer dealings over the years is that there is no perfect transfer method.

Ultimately, money talks and despite not having heaps of it, Roma have spun some pretty impressive deals over the years. So, will this awkward/extended transfer market be one for the ages or one for regret?

We'll soon find out.

Deadline Rumors

Chris Smalling

The negotiation that simply won't die only has a few more hours to find new life. Will Paulo Fonseca get his man?

Alternatives to Smalling: Alderweireld, Rüdiger and Sokratis

Gianluca Di Marzio offers a few alternatives should Roma fail to land Chris Smalling before today's 20:00 CET deadline, including Spurs Toby Alderweireld, Arsenal's Sokratis and our old friend Toni Rüdiger.

Maybe He's Coming After All?

Stephan El Shaarawy

While Roma and Shanghai Shenhua seem to have the framework of a one-year loan in place, much like their Edin Dzeko and Arkadiusz Milik deals, Roma's ability to land El Shaarawy may depend on whether or not they can spin Diego Perotti off to Fenerbahce.


Due to delays with Perotti's pending transfer to Fenerbahce, it seems like El Shaarawy won't be returning to Roma after all.

Other Rumors

We'll update these throughout the afternoon, but the juiciest of these miscellanous rumors would see Pau Lopez leave for the Premiership.

Pau Lopez to Everton?

Bernard to Roma?

With El Shaarawy's move likely dead in the water, Roma may look to Bernard, who played under Fonseca at Shakhtar.

Done Deals

Justin Kluivert to RB Leipzig

Diego Perotti to Fenerbahce

Diego Perotti, Roma's coolest ever PK taker, has finally sealed his move to Fenerbahce, ending his four and a half year stint in Rome.

Stay tuned, it figures to be a chaotic afternoon. We'll have a summary when the window closes as well as wrap-up podcast early tomorrow.