Roma still eyeing central defender


Roma continue to look for reinforcements before the end of the transfer window, and one of the hottest names is that of Aleksandar Dragović.

Corriere dello Sport reports Bayer director Rudi Voeller does not exclude the potential departure of the Austrian defender. However, having paid €18 million to buy him from Dinamo Kiev a year ago, he asks for adequate compensation. The first request, which Monchi had no interest in, was €20 million. Contacts, though, have continue. Monchi also liked Stark of Hertha Berlin and Kempf of Freiburg. Kempf, a class of ’95 defender, has an expiring contract, which lowers his overall valuation to potential buyers.

Monchi will speak to Di Francesco after returning from Bergamo. The first matches of the season will impact how the market is concluded because the club must also commit to buying another attacker. Other plausible names? Victor Ruiz of Villarreal, who is 28 and can be bought for €5 million.