The Gialorossi want to repeat the Chris Smalling coup. Two years ago, in fact, Roma had lured the English defender on loan from Manchester United, where he hardly played anymore.
This time, the Romans hope to pick from neighboring City. They are interested in Nathan Aké, the Dutch defender born of an Ivorian father. The left-hander, who arrived at the Skyblues from Bournemouth for 45 million euros, hardly plays in Guardiolar's set up.
Jose Mourinho, who will be on the bench of the club next year, has asked his leaders to take him on loan with an option to buy.