Il Tempo: Garcia requests Toloi remain

Today’s paper edition of Il Tempo is reporting that manager Rudi Garcia has requested that Brazilian centerback Rafael Toloi remains with the club.

Toloi, who arrived from Sao Paolo in January on loan with a €5.5m option to make the move permanent, is said to have impressed the French manager, who is keen to keep as many players as possible. Roma, however, are not ready to pay the €5.5m option as the club’s hierarchy believes the fee is too much. Yet despite this, Roma are negotiating with Sao Paolo to renew the loan for another season and keep the option-to-buy intact until June 2015.

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