Show me the PDF has become a common refrain around these parts for one very simple reason: a transfer isn't real until the club officially announces it, usually via PDF; a format immune to the ravages of time and the advancement of information technology. But stop and think about it for a moment: how many times have we read “Roma Signs X Player” or “So and So Is Set for Roma Switch”? From the days of Adrian Mutu's seemingly inevitable transfer to Roma to the on-again-off-again Hakim Ziyech saga a few years ago to last summer's near signings of Stephan El Shaarawy and Arkadiusz Milik, the transfer rumor mill is just once giant tease until that PDF drops.
For Roma, the 2021 version of this story is FC Dallas full-back Bryan Reynolds, who the Giallorossi started tracking in late November/early December 2020. A relatively unknown 19-year-old American full-back, Reynolds quickly became the darling of the winter transfer market and for a minute it seemed like Roma had the inside track given the Friedkin's relationship with Clark and Dan Hunt, the owners of FC Dallas.
But, as December gave way to January, Roma's once sure thing was suddenly ensnared by the evil clutches of Juventus, who were all too keen to use their financial might to outbid Roma's presumably piddling offer. With a reported €10 million transfer fee agreed between the two clubs, Reynolds was set to sign with Juventus, though, due to Juve's Non-EU quota being met, he would've spent the remainder of the season with Benevento.
Well, my friends, it seems like the pendulum has swung away from Turin and back towards the Eternal City:
Bryan #Reynolds è vicinissimo ad indossare la maglia della #ASRoma che ha superato alla curva finale la #Juventus: la formula dell'operazione è il prestito con obbligo di riscatto. Decisivo il nuovo pressing iniziato dopo il derby e un'offerta contrattuale più alta#calciomercato pic.twitter.com/OhARyLTNcw— Filippo Biafora (@Fil_Biafora) January 21, 2021
According to Filip Biafora of Il Tempo, Roma are now closer than ever to landing Reynolds on a loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, rumored to be in the €7 million neighborhood with further incentive-based fees potentially tacked on. These reports are now also being corroborated by Tom Bogert, a writer for MLS’ official site. Italian transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio suggests that the deal is done and may be finalized as soon as Monday.
In order to persuade Reynolds, this story holds that Roma will pay him somewhere around €700,000 plus bonuses over a four-and-a-half-year deal, while also keeping him on the first team; something Juventus couldn't promise given their Non-EU quotas having been maxed out.
It's been a conspicuously quiet transfer window for Roma thus far, but if this rumor proves true, the Giallorossi may have just landed their right-back of the future.