Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio is reportedly closing in on a move to Roma as he looks to end his disappointing spell in England.
The Argentine ace led Sevilla to victory in the Europa League in 2014 before opting to move to the Premier League, but it hasn’t worked out as hoped for either the player or the club.
Having failed to make a single Premier League appearance last season, it’s evident that the defender is surplus to requirements for Mauricio Pochettino, and an exit was expected this summer provided that the right offer came in.
According to Sky Sports, Roma are prepared to take the former Sevilla man on loan with an option to buy in a deal worth around €3.5m.
With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as their first-choice pairing at the heart of the Spurs defence, it’s clear that Fazio will continue to find it impossible to break into the starting line-up.
Pochettino is expected to show more faith in the younger players in his squad this coming season too, as noted by Sky Sports, which in turn will see the 29-year-old fall further down the pecking order and lead to continued frustration over a lack of playing time.
In turn, a move away from north London appears to make sense for all parties, with Roma looking to bolster their defensive options after summer signing Mario Rui suffered a serious injury setback in pre-season.
That has forced Luciano Spalletti to delve back into the transfer market for another defender, and he has seemingly identified Fazio as one of the ideal candidates to do a job for him this season.
Fazio moved back to Sevilla on loan in January, but after making just four appearances back at the club where he enjoyed great success, he’ll hope for a fresh start in the Italian capital instead where he’ll still have a fight on his hands to break into the starting line-up.