Cristiano Piccini has emerged as a surprise target for Roma in the summer transfer window.
The Italy international joined Sporting CP from Betis for a fee in the region of 2.9 million euros in July 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Piccini has played 40 times for Sporting CP since signing from Betis, creating three assists in that time.
He’s incredibly experienced for a 25-year-old and still has tons of room for growth.
Cristiano Piccini has represented Italy at Under-19 and Under-20 level, winning 12 caps and scoring one goal. As a member of Italy national football team, Piccini won one cap.
Adding a right-back remains Roma’s priority this summer and Monchi will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Monchi wants to sign a new right-back and Cristiano Piccini is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
He wants to continue to strengthening his squad so they’re able to compete both domestically and in the Champions League next season.
According to Football Italia (via O Jogo), “Roma are ready to offer €10m plus another €5m in bonuses for Sporting CP right-back Cristiano Piccini, claims O Jogo. The Portuguese paper points to a return to Italy for 25-year-old Piccini, who has spent much of his career abroad. Born in Florence, he came up through the Fiorentina academy and had loan spells at Livorno and Spezia.”
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Sporting CP are preparing to sell their right-back should they receive a massive offer for him.
Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for Roma.
Whether he will join Roma or not remains to be seen.