Sky Italia: Balanta is not an alternative to Benatia

As reported this morning by Sky Italia’s Mario Giunta, Eder Balanta is not seen by Roma as an alternative to Mehdi Benatia, should the Moroccan be sold.

It’s possible that Roma will purchase the young Colombia center-back even if Mehdi Benatia remains with the club. The Giallorossi would likely loan out the youngster in order for him to gain playing time and experience in Italy.

Balanta’s agent is expected to arrive in Italy over the next few days to negotiate a deal with Roma.

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