From their first season in existence, when Roma was comprised largely of local talent, to the summer of 2019 when they landed Andressa Alves, Andrine Hegerberg, Lindsey Thomas, and Manuela Giugliano, to last summer's capture of Paloma Lazaro and Osinachi Ohale, the Giallorosse have steadily been adding top-shelf talent to their already impressive core of players. And if Il Romanista is correct, Roma are about to add another world-class player in the form of Italian National Team defender Elena Linari.
Linari, a 26-year-old center-back from the Firenze area, played eight seasons in Serie A with Fiorentina and Brescia, winning three Scudetti, four Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppas. Across those eight Serie A campaigns, Linari made 179 appearances and scored 21 goals. Linari then parlayed that success into a move abroad, signing with Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2018, for whom she played two seasons, before signing on with Bordeaux in the summer of 2020.
A breakout star from Italy's run through World Cup 2019, Linari opted to continue her career abroad after that summer's tournament, remaining with Atletico before signing with Bordeaux this past summer. However, for a variety of reasons, Linari's time in France has not gone according to plan, as she's logged only 205 minutes for third place Bordeaux this season.
Colpo di mercato della #RomaFemminile: è in arrivo Elena #Linari— Il Romanista (@ilRomanistaweb) January 11, 2021
Il difensore centrale classe ‘94 ha rescisso il contratto che la legava al Bordeaux. Arriverà domani nella Capitale. In settimana le visite e la firma
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That lack of playing time, as well as the club's financial issues (detailed here), has led Linari to search for a new home for her talents. And that home, according to Il Romanista, may be with AS Roma, who have been in contact with Linari's agents and could potentially sign her this week.
Now, defense may not be Roma's biggest issue at the moment, not when you consider the club's finishing issues up top and the news that midfielder Andrine Hegerberg tore her ACL over the weekend, but it's not every day a player like Linari becomes available.
If she truly is leaving Bordeaux and Roma have even a slight shot at signing her, they have to make this move. Adding Linari to a backline that features fellow Azzurre standout Elisa Bartoli and up and comers like Angelica Soffia, Tecla Pettenuzzo, and Allyson Swaby could give Roma one of the deepest and most versatile units in the league.
We'll provide updates as they become available.