Sevilla join Papu Gomez chase

Papu Gomez remains an outcast for Atalanta, but Sevilla are offering him a new opportunity in Spain.

The Argentina international has been frozen out following a dispute with coach Gian Piero Gasperini and so far no clubs have come forward with the €10m asking price.

There is also the concern that Atalanta don’t want to sell their talent to a rival within Serie A, which would rule out Inter, Roma and Milan.

According to Sky Sport Italia and, Sevilla have been working behind the scenes on the Gomez option.

The player said he wanted to remain in Italy for his family, but could be tempted by Spain.

Meanwhile, former teammates Maxi Lopez (Sambenedettese) and Luca Cigarini (Crotone) publicly urged Papu to join them in small clubs to enjoy his football.


Roma surpass Juve for Reynolds

In a sudden turnaround, it’s reported Roma have beaten Juventus to the signing of FC Dallas defender Bryan Reynolds.

The Giallorossi had been the first to chase him down several weeks ago, then Juve emerged as the favourites, sending him on loan to Benevento first.

They had to take this step, because the Bianconeri have already filled their non-EU slots.

However, there were delays in getting the deal done and FC Dallas were more inclined to work with Roma than Juventus.

According to Il Tempo reporter Filippo Biafora this evening, Roma have turned the situation on its head and agreed a loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season for €7m.

It’s believed the Giallorossi offered immediate playing time in Serie A as well as an improved contract, €0.8m per season for five years. also report that Juve have no intention of improving their existing proposal or getting into a bidding war.


Coppa highlights: Roma 2-4 Spezia

Roma imploded against Spezia in the Coppa Italia, a game that had everything including six goals, two red cards in 30 seconds, some incredible misses and too many substitutions.

The minnows got off to the strongest possible start, leading 2-0 through an Andrij Galabinov penalty and Riccardo Saponara curler.

The Giallorossi clawed their way back to 2-2 thanks to a Lorenzo Pellegrini spot-kick and delightful Henrikh Mkhitaryan dink.

Borja Mayoral really should’ve sealed it before the final whistle, as he missed at least two open goals when it seemed he simply had to score.

The Round of 16 tie went to extra time, but Gianluca Mancini received a second booking and 30 seconds later Pau Lopez saw red for wiping out Roberto Piccoli.

Daniele Verde and another Saponara stunner sealed the 4-2 scoreline for Spezia, but Roma would’ve been eliminated regardless, as they got confused and made six substitutions rather than the five that were allowed.

[embedded content]


Napoli resolve final Milik details

Arkadiusz Milik might finally be on his way to Olympique Marseille after Napoli agreed to drop legal action against the striker.

That was the obstacle holding up both this transfer and the one in September towards Roma.

According to Sportitalia and Sky Sport Italia, that has now been resolved, because Napoli accepted they were in a no-win situation with his contract due to expire in June.

Milik needs to sign a new contract with Napoli before he can be allowed to join Marseille on loan with obligation to buy.

The club had outstanding issues with the Poland international, specifically suing him – and all the players who took part in the ‘mutiny’ that sparked Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal – for image rights and docking their wages.

Marseille are expected to pay €9m plus €4m in add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause included in the agreement.


Roma sackings after substitute error

It’s reported Roma have fired team manager Gianluca Gombar and Global Sport Officer Manolo Zubiria after the embarrassing substitution error.

They didn’t read the rules correctly for the Coppa Italia and made a sixth substitution during extra time in their 4-2 defeat to Spezia.

Only five changes were allowed, the regulation stated that an extra ‘slot’ was allowed in extra time to make changes, but not an extra substitution.

The five substitutions in 90 minutes can be made in three ‘slots’ to ensure time isn’t wasted.

Because of the howler, Roma would’ve been eliminated from the Coppa Italia even if they hadn’t lost on the field.

This isn’t even the first time this season that Roma have been penalised for not sticking by the rules, as they already had a 3-0 defeat given to them by default against Hellas Verona for fielding Amadou Diawara when he was ineligible.