By Will Butcher
Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio could be on his way to Italy after emerging as a target for Roma, according to a report.
As Football Insider revealed earlier this week, the centre-back is one of seven senior players that have been told they can leave White Hart Lane in the final weeks of the summer window.
Italian website ForzaRoma now claim that the three-time Serie A winners are keen to sign Fazio, as manager Luciano Spalletti looks to solve the Giallorossi’s centre-back crisis.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo did claim that the 29-year-old was ready to move to La Liga side Espanyol after settling a four-year contract, but a fee wasn’t agreed between the clubs.
This has opened the door for Roma, who are desperate to sign a centre-back after allowing Leandro Castan to join Serie A rivals Sampdoria, while Erkin Zukanovic has joined Atalanta on-loan.
Doubts still remain over Greek defender Kostas Manolas, who has been linked with a £37million to Europe’s heavyweights.
However, in an interview with the official Roma website, manager Luciano Spalletti revealed he is desperate to keep Manolas and has delivered a hands-off warning.
Fazio, who joined Tottenham from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of £8 million, has two more years to run on his contract with the north Londoners.
The centre-back struggled for game time in his second season at Spurs and was loaned out to his former club Sevilla in the January transfer window.
But Fazio was also a bit-part player in Spain and played just four times in La Liga and only twice in the Europa League during his loan spell at Sevilla, and a move to Roma could reignite his faltering career.
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