Roma wish to end their January by signing Tommaso Baldanzi from Empoli, but they need to part ways with a few players first. Andrea Belotti and Marash Kumbulla are close to leaving. Instead, the exits of Zeki Celik and Renato Sanches aren’t as imminent, Gianluca Di Marzio informs.

The Italian striker is in advanced talks to join Fiorentina on a simple loan. He turned down Wolfsburg, Betis, and two MLS clubs. He could arrive even if M’Bala Nzola stays. Instead, Sassuolo appear to have won the race for the Albanian international.

Roma haven’t lodged a formal bid for Baldanzi because they want it to be a sure hit. Some help could come from Turkey. Galatasaray keep trying to convince Zeki Celik. Besiktas made the most strides for Renato Sanches, but the negotiation with PSG has cooled off.

According to Alfredo Pedullà, Empoli are open to negotiating the sale of their starlet and could settle for a manageable sum, around €15M, provided the formula and the payment method are straightforward. They are wary that their possible relegation would make his price tag plummet.

Our Take on Roma and Baldanzi

It’ll take a few more pieces fitting in the right place, but it looks like it might be happening. However, there’s still the risk of their ownership nixing the deal since none of the outcasts are leaving permanently. It’d be just a way for Tiago Pinto to look good on his way out at that point.

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