Roma have been working rigorously to lock up Radja Nainggolan, however the double-swoop for Andrea Bertolacci and Iago Falque from Genoa has arrived first
The giallorossi have been working hard to buy the other half of key man Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari and it appears that a deal could be done any day now. However, while Roma awaits on the Belgian’s status, the club has spent no time ensuring they are built for a Scudetto run next season.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, AS Roma have signed Iago Falque and Andrea Bertolacci from the rossoblu for a combined fee of €15m. Bertolacci was co-owned by both clubs but the Rome club has purchased the other half of the player and now owns the midfielder fully.
Both the 24-year old Bertolacci and the 25-year old Spaniard Falque were very important for Genoa last season, consistently being in the starting eleven while putting up quality numbers at their respective positions on the field for manager Gian Piero Gasperini.
The Italian made 35 appearances in total, tallying 6 goals and eight assists which earned him the call-up to Conte’s national side. Falque, after moving from team to team over the course of his career, managed to turn in a solid campaign for himself, bagging 13 goals and six assists in 33 appearances.
If this report is true, that is quality business by Roma officials. Both Bertolacci and Falque were standout performers last season, contributing to a solid 6th place finish in the league table for Genoa who would be participating in next season’s UEFA Europa League. However, UEFA denied the club a license due to stadium issues which now sees Sampdoria, 7th place finishers, in their spot.
With the expectation that Nainggolan will be 100% owned by Roma and the inclusion of two fresh faces, the club could look to rebound next season as legit title threats to the dominant Juventus.