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Roma target River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel

Roma are looking to Argentina to boost their squad this summer, with River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel on their radar.

The Italian side already hope to sign 21-year-old forward Nahuel Bustos as a long-term Edin Dzeko successor.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Montiel, 23, is player who Roma have a ‘strong interest’ in.

Montiel is considered one of the emerging full-backs in the Primera División, and has won four caps for Argentina.

Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Torino have already looked at the right-footed Montiel. With his contract expiring next year, he is destined to become a target of many European sides.

He is a right-back with strong attacking tendencies, so much so that River coach Marcelo Gallardo often uses him as the fifth midfielder in a 3-5-2.

Also capable of playing in the middle of the park, Montiel is not only talented but highly versatile.

The Argentine press speak of an €11m price-tag, but the Montiel’s agent, Marcelo Carracedo, believes he could go for less.

“Let’s see, for around 8 million, you could reason,” Carracedo is quoted as saying.

A right-back headache for Roma

While they probe the Argentine market for cheap young talent, Roma have internal issues.

Even if Davide Zappacosta returns to Chelsea following his loan spell, Roma will still have four right-backs.

To make room for Montiel, it is likely that one of Alessandro Florenzi or Rick Karsdorp would be sold. The other two, Bruno Peres and Davide Santon, have a better chance of staying.

The Giallorossi are in a precarious financial position so have to shift some high earning stars before they sign players.

However, if they sign Nahuel Bustos and Gonzalo Montiel, they will be acquiring two of Argentina’s brightest young playuers.


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