Exclusive: Marko Basa’s future, situation with Roma

Roma Press has spoken exclusively to a representative of Montenegrin international Marko Basa, who attempted to clarify his future.

Marko Baša (32) has been one of the hottest names for Roma during this summer, arguably the most rumored for the back line. The Lille defender, who has been under Rudi Garcia for three seasons between Le Mans and his current club, is held in high esteem by current Roma’s boss and was reportedly pushed as the number one contender to reinforce the defence. The Serbian-born footballer has a contract expiring by the end of June 2015, and is not for sale according to Lille’s president Michel Seydoux.

A member of Basa’s entourage labeled the odds of the player leaving Lille this summer as a “a fat chance”. Lille’s manager René Girard has made clear that Basa “will be at Lille next season”. Lille will play in the third qualifying round for the next Champions League competition between the end of this month and the first week of August: if they succeed, they will advance to the play-off round and try to secure a spot in the group stage of the competition. This would result in an inflow of around €20 million for the club as well as funds gained from the sale of Divock Origi, who looks set to join Liverpool permanently, but this does not rule out the possibility of a transfer with a one-year loan spell at the French club.

Questioned if these two financial factors might influence Baša’s contract extension, the source has replied that those occurrences would make the stay of the defender “twice as likely”. It therefore seems clear that Marko Baša’s future will be defined for good after the Champions League play-off round, or rather in the last ten days of the transfer session.