Serie A giants Roma have identified a replacement for Malcom and they are now likely to go after Ajax winger, David Neres.
In January 2017 the now 21-year-old Brazilian joined the Dutch giants Ajax for £11m from Sao Paulo a club he’d been with since the tender age of 10. Having played in the 2017 Europa League Final alongside Hakim Ziyech another AS Roma target in a 2:0 defeat to Manchester United his profile was raised.
His impressive performances for Ajax in the Eredivisie has led to several Brazilian journalists comparing him to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar. He’s reported to have informed the club about his desire to move to another club before the end of the current transfer window.
Ideally I Giallorossi would see him as an alternative after the Malcom transfer debacle. Having been very close to a move to Roma the 21-year-old Brazilian’s deal fell through with the Italian club at the 11th hour after Barcelona gazumped the AS Roma deal to sign the player for €41 million. The President of AS Roma, James Pallotta spoke out.
“If someone wants to come to Roma that is great, but ultimately if they do not want to come to Rome then we do not want them.
“Now, within the club, we are looking at our options and seeing if we have a legal case. It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed.”
Now as it currently stands I Giallorossi’s new target Neres is committed to the Dutch club until June 2021, but there is a 15 million euro exit buyout clause on the player which is a smart bit of business by Ajax.
Although sporting director Monchi is keen to land the talented Brazilian from Ajax whatever the cost. It’s believed the club are willing to spend up to €40 million for the Brazilian, the same they offered for Malcolm before seeing him join Barcelona, though Ajax are said to value the 21-year-old at €50m. The Brazilian U20 player has nine appearances at underage level. Last season Neres netted 14 goals in 31 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax.
By Robin McNamara