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Agent: Sao Paulo were desperate not to lose Roma signing Rafael Toloi

The agent of AS Roma signing Rafael Toloi admits Sao Paulo were reluctant to part with the midfielder last week.

Toloi has joined Roma on-loan to the end of the season.

Francesco Marseglia told TMW: "Negotiations lasted ten days, it was very hard because Sao Paulo thought he was too important a player in the beginning and wanted to sell him outright or insist on repurchase obligations.

"Roma could only do a loan with the option to buy him permanently, and so we convinced them in the end."

He added: "AC Milan could've signed him, but only in June, Fiorentina made contact and wanted him, but in the end they decided not to take him."

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