Is this the smiling face of a future Arsenal superstar? Arsene Wenger certainly seems to think so.
Arsenal appear to be closing in on a deal for one of Serie A’s brightest young stars with AS Roma agreeing to sell star defender Alessio Romagnoli.
According to the Metro, Roma are resigned to the high chance that they’ll lose the 20-year-old Romagnoli to bitter Serie A rival AC Milan and would rather sell him out of Italy instead of letting him play against them.
Eurosport considers the U-21 star to be an “elegant, versatile, and composed left-footed centre-back, with good technique and confident ball-playing ability” with the ability to play as a left-sided full-back as well.
Romagnoli signed a new 4-year contract with Roma in May of last year but ended up playing the majority of the 2014-15 season on loan for Sampdoria. While with Sampdoria, Romagnoli recorded a career-high two league goals and played his first full season after previously making just 13 appearances in his first two years with Roma.