Roma are pushing hard to sign Tommaso Baldanzi from Empoli, according to TMW.
Talks between the two clubs have stalled for a day, possibly due to Empoli’s match against Salernitana on Tuesday night, and also to allow Roma to assess their budget for the rest of the transfer window.
The Giallorossi are still keen to sign Baldanzi, but the deal will depend on the agreement with Empoli on the transfer fee and terms. Empoli would prefer to sell Baldanzi outright, but Roma are hoping to negotiate a loan with an obligation to buy, perhaps with appearances clauses.
The total cost of the deal is expected to be around €15 million. Roma are looking to add a young player who could eventually replace Paulo Dybala, and Baldanzi fits the bill.
Empoli coach Davide Nicola has commented on the rumours linking Baldanzi with a move to Roma. “We are happy for Baldanzi because he is an Empoli player. I don’t discuss the transfer market with my players because we are focused on the work we have to do. We have to build a castle, and the proof is that they believe in us.”