Il Messaggero: Garcia requests Lille’s Basa

After having been given some transfer reassurances when signing his new contract, Il Messaggero is reporting that Rudi Garcia has requested the services of one of his former players: Marko Basa.

The Montenegrin international will turn 32 in December, but Garcia is a huge admirer of the Lille center-back, who made Ligue 1’s team of the season along with Thiago Silva. Basa is said to be in contract talks with Lille due to the fact he makes only €1.2m net wages and his contract expires in 2015, but Roma will try and bring the player over with a bid between €3m-€4m, which is a figure Lille is likely to accept.

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