Roma eye Baptista move

Real Madrid star Julio Baptista could be set for a move to Roma after the Spanish club’s sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic, revealed he would listen to offers for the Brazilian.

Real Madrid star Julio Baptista could be set for a move to Roma after the Spanish club’s sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic, revealed he would listen to offers for the Brazilian.

Baptista is thought to be at the top of Roma coach Luciano Spalletti’s wish list as he looks to strengthen his attacking options, while the Brazil striker’s agent, Herminio Menendez, claims his client would be interested in a move to the Stadio Olimpico.

Reports in Italy suggest a Roma representative will meet with Mijatovic on Thursday to discuss a possible deal and the Madrid chief has confirmed it could happen.

“The relationship between the two clubs is excellent,” he told Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport.

“If Roma make us an offer for the Brazilian we are ready to take into consideration.”

A deal has been mooted that could see Roma pay €3m to bring Baptista to the Italian capital on a season-long loan deal, with the option to shell out another €10m to secure his services permanently next year.

A similar agreement saw Baptista spend a season at Arsenal in 2006, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger opted not to extend the 26-year-old’s stay at Emirates Stadium.

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