AS Roma are closing in on Genoa defender Alexander Merkel.

Sky Sport Italia says Roma are closing in on the 20-year-old, who less than two weeks ago was described by Grifone CEO Pietro Lo Monaco as 'untouchable'.

Genoa only gained full ownership of the Germany Under-20 international in May, after first signing him on a co-ownership deal from Milan a year ago, only to hand him back to the Rossoneri in January.