Vinicio Fioranelli is still attempting a Roma takeover - by buying up Real Madrid's cast-offs. Sportmediaset says several of Real's fringe players have blocked their proposed moves away because they have been contacted by Roma representatives. However, the intermediaries were not working for President Rosella Sensi or director general Daniele Pradé.

This has led to claims Fioranelli is back on the scene.

Rafael van der Vaart, Christoph Metzelder, Mahamoudo Diarra, Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have all been mentioned as possible Roma targets.