By Matt Farr
Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham are set to miss out in the race to land Paris Saint-Germain flop Jese in January, according to a report.
The Sun, has claimed that Roma are set to land Jese as a replacement for Mohamed Salah, who is set to miss the first month of the new year for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 23-year-old forward only moved to France in the summer, but has failed to impress at Parc des Princes, and is widely expected to be leaving the club this month.
Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli writing for the Sun claims both Liverpool and Tottenham had been chasing the former Real Madrid man’s signature, but that Jese is set to join Serie A outfit AS Roma.
Guilianelli has revealed Roma are set for talks with PSG over a loan-to-buy deal, where the Italian club will pay an upfront fee of £2.8 million, and contribute to the player’s salary over the remainder of the season.
If Roma are pleased with what they get, they will have a first refusal option, and should be able to land Jese for significantly less than the £25million PSG paid in the summer.
The Spaniard has struggled to adapt in France since arriving just five months ago, and has netted just two goals in 14 appearances in all competitions for the defending Ligue 1 champions.
PSG boss Unai Emery has not been pleased with Jese contributions, while president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted signing him was a “mistake”.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite struggling to lay down a regular starting-place at Real Madrid – though that comes as no surprise given their world-class names – Jese looked a convincing young player. It’s disappointing that things didn’t work out for him at the Bernabeu, but he had a fantastic opportunity to make amends at PSG. He simply hasn’t taken that opportunity, and while he is still young, it does raise the question whether Jese is the real deal. As for Tottenham and Liverpool, he could have done a fantastic job at either side. Tottenham are in need of a player like Jese, perhaps more so than Liverpool, but there will be plenty of other targets for either side next month. Hopefully the Spaniard can get his career back on track in Italy.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Reds fans gave a mixed reaction on Twitter to Jurgen Klopp’s decision to omit Divock Origi from his starting XI to face Man City.