What Unsettled Business in the Transfer Market is There?

You mean besides Icardi to Roma?

Let’s put the Higuain rumors to rest once and for all, the explanation is fairly simple. Higuain’s glory days came with Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli only a few years ago. After making the switch to Juventus, who subsequently brought on CR7, Higuain was banished from Turin only to be mercifully picked up by, yes, Maurizio Sarri during his one-year appearance at Chelsea.

The product that Higuain was at Chelsea was clearly not the one being advertised. Instead of starting his former prodigy, Sarri opted to go with Eden Hazard in an out-of-position role, or Oliver Giroud, leaving Higuain on the bench despite a deep and ultimately successful Europa League run.

Fast forward to 2019 and Higuain again is Juventus property, but the team wants nothing to do with him even with his benefactor Sarri holding the reins. If his favorite coach in the world won’t consider playing him, then who in their right mind would?

Toby Alderweireld is a name that’s been thrown around for the past several weeks. Roma would be happy to have the Belgian and vice versa, but it looks like Tottenham is reluctant to give up a defender who became a big part of their great Champions League run last year. Reportedly, Spurs want at least 28 million Euros for a thirty-year-old defender, if I were Petrachi I’d be hesitant about this too. Tottenham will most likely hold on to their defender as the club is used to losing good players (sound familiar) and not being able to replace them with premier talent. Spurs likely believe their window for a championship is very open, be it CL or the Premier League.

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Elseid Hysaj would be the preferred fixture at RB for Roma after the club whiffed on signing the Albanian last season. Tottenham has also shown interest in signing the defender. If this scenario plays out, it would likely trigger a chain reaction with the aforementioned Alderweireld, making the former expendable.

Internally, Robin Olsen looks to be on his way out as he is now the third choice for goalkeeper. Montpellier have expressed great interest, Roma will most likely send the Swede out on loan unless they’re willing to take a bath on a transfer fee. Midfielders Steven NZonzi and Javier Pastore, two Monchi signings from last year are too far down the depth chart to be considered for playing time. NZonzi could have a role and contribute, though it was reported months ago that Monchi was interested in requiring the Frenchman but a deal never went through. Pastore will likely be a salary dump to anybody willing to make an offer.

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Robert Theodorson has previously covered NHL prospects on Hockey's Future and a multitude of sports and teams on Bleacher Report.

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