The quiet before the storm. After returning to Rome, Rick Karsdorp will be evaluated by the Giallorossi health staff on the orders of the Friedkin club to ascertain the psychological discomfort complained of by the player. Currently, however, there are no managers in Trigoria – they are all engaged in the tour in Japan – so the confrontation between the player, his agent and the Roma leaders will not be until Tuesday, when Roma leave the land of the Rising Sun to return to the Fulvio Bernardini. At present the situation seems almost irrecoverable and, waiting for the face to face, Tiago Pinto is already looking for a player who can take the place of the Dutchman at least until June.
ON LOAN – The Karsdorp case exploded like a bolt from the blue inside the Rome environment. An unexpected feat that took the Portuguese general manager by surprise, forced to beat every track to find a suitable substitute (and in the meantime find a Dutch accommodation). The simplest solution to be adopted in January then – both incoming and outgoing – seems to take a new fullback on loan (perhaps with the right of redemption). In Serie A, Bartosz Bereszynski of Sampdoria, who had already joined the Giallorossi on the January market. The Polish side is currently playing the World Cup with his national team, but on his return to Italy he would be thrilled to move to Mourinho’s court. In addition, the current corporate situation of the club blucerchiato could facilitate the operation.
TEMPTATION LIGA – More than one option instead comes from La Liga, where there are three players circled in red on Pinto’s notebook. The first is Alvaro Odriozola, right back – old acquaintance of Fiorentina – coming out of Real Madrid (from the beginning of the season has not yet played a minute). Another name that teases the Portuguese gm is Héctor Bellerín: the former Arsenal is not enthusiastic about leaving Barcelona but, after the signals received by the blaugrana in recent weeks, seems to have convinced himself to leave Catalonia to find continuity (on his trail there is also the Betis). The last idea is instead Ivan Fresneda, back from Valladolid in 2004: he grew up in the youth sector of Real Madrid, the outside is estimated at about one million euros. This is a not-too-prohibitive figure, which could make him jump to the top of the Giallorossi’s list of preferences.