Serie A giants Roma must opt against signing struggling Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches in January.
The 25-year-old has struggled to adjust to Premier League football since moving to England last summer, and could move to the Italian capital on a loan deal that could become permanent should he impress.
However, with the player looking far from assured under Mauricio Pochettino this term, the Italian side must reject any chance to sign him and instead place their interest elsewhere.
Andre Villas Boas moved for the player last term after the retirement of Frenchman William Gallas and surprising departure of Steven Caulker to Cardiff City.
With the world record sale of Welsh winger Gareth Bale to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, the former Chelsea manager had funds aplenty and dished out £8.5million to secure his services from Steaua Bucharest.
However, as AVB’s time in the job began to tick down, it soon became evident that his Romanian was not up to scratch. Things also failed to improve for deputy manager Tim Sherwood, who could not get him fit and on form.
The 25-year-old centre-back also found his position at the club weaken over the summer with the arrivals of Eric Dier and Federico Fazio, and could now leave in the New Year if Roma push on.
However, instead of moving for a player that has struggled to rub shoulders against some of the biggest and best in English football, they should weigh up other options and then make a decision.
Kostas Manolas arrived from Greek side Olympiakos in the off-season, but their defence still lacks a strong leader and looks unstable during matches against the bigger and better teams in the league.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos could represent an intriguing option if Minolas could persuade his compatriot to leave Jurgen Klopp’s toiling Borussia Dortmund, but the chances of snaring him given Mats Hummels’ recent injury record remain slim.
Marquinhos has fallen down the pecking order at French giants Paris St Germain following the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer, and could be in line for a shock return to the Stadio Olympico if Rudi Garcia makes him an offer too lucrative to refuse.
Rafael Varane is reportedly on the market for around £19million, a fee Manchester United and Chelsea are willing to pay, but Roma should bid to usurp all of their rivals with a shock move for the young Real Madrid defender.
Ultimately the decision rests with Garcia as to whether or not to add such a struggling defender to the squad.
Chiriches does possess a strength and composure to be admired, but fans of Roma will be hoping he stays well away from the Italian capital.
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