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Roma Reportedly Enter Race for Verona's Mattia Zaccagni

The 25-year-old midfielder has suddenly become a hot property and Roma are joining the likes of Lazio, Inter and Milan in pursuit of the €10 million-rated midfielder.

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SS Lazio v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

If you believe certain reports, Roma may look to offload as many as half a dozen players during the winter transfer window. Among those redundant assets are players like Davide Santon, Federico Fazio, Bruno Peres, and perhaps even Carles Perez, who the club just acquired last winter. Seeing aging defenders like Fazio and Santon on that list isn't surprising, but should young players like Perez (or even Amadou Diawara) leave the capital next month, Roma will suddenly be in the market for a new midfielder.

And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the top name on that list is Verona's Mattia Zaccagni, a player linked with a host of Italy's top clubs, including Lazio, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and now AS Roma.

Zaccagni, 25, has been with Verona for the past six seasons, including two drops down to Serie B, but has emerged as one of the league's most underrated players in 2020. In 14 appearances for Verona, Zaccagni has scored three goals and provided two assists, while averaging one key pass and 1.6 dribbles per match. He was also named Serie A Player of the Month for November.

Capable of playing out wide or as a number ten, Zaccagni is best known for his playmaking and dribbling ability and is among the league leaders in goal-creating actions and shot-creating actions per 90 minutes.

With his contract set to expire in June of 2022, Verona are under no immediate pressure to sell but have reportedly placed a €10 million price tag on his head. That's no small price to pay for a winter transfer, but given his skill set and tactical versatility, he would give Paulo Fonseca options behind and alongside players like Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Pedro.