Barcelona full-back Adriano has reached a verbal agreement with Italian outfit AS Roma and should complete his transfer to the Stadio Olimpico over the coming weeks.
This is according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo who understand the player’s agent, Paulo Afonso, is now trying to negotiate the former Brazil international’s exit from the Camp Nou.
Adriano has been a useful asset for Barcelona since his arrival in 2010, when he completed his big-money move from Sevilla, and will end his spell with the Catalan giants with 170 appearances and 16 goals to his name.
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It was reported on Monday by various media outlets, including talkSPORT, that Liverpool were keen to rival Roma for the South American’s signature.
But the 30-year-old has decided against joining the Premier League club in order to embark on a new challenge in Serie A.
Adriano could replace Ashley Cole
Adriano could take the place of former Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole, whose move to Rome has not panned out in the manner many expected it would.
Cole, who turns 35 in December, made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Giallorossi last season and committed an awful individual error against Manchester City earlier today to add to his woes.
While Adriano is not one of the multitude of superstars at Barcelona, he has been an important squad player for Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino and Luis Enrique.
But the Brazilian made just 16 appearances in La Liga last season and has subsequently decided against seeing out the final two years of his Barcelona contract.
Dani Alves decision
Adriano would almost certainly have stayed at the Camp Nou had Dani Alves not signed a contract extension with the reigning European champions.
Doubts persist over the quality of both Martin Montoya, who will spend next season on loan with Inter Milan, and the unconvincing Douglas.
Alves will still be Barcelona’s first-choice right-back next season, but summer signing Aleix Vidal will provide the Brazil international with some much-needed competition from January onwards, once the club’s transfer ban expires.
Enrique may now look to sign another full-back as cover for Jordi Alba at left-back, although French defender Jeremy Mathieu can play in that position if required.
Barcelona fans: will you be sad to see Adriano leave the Camp Nou this summer? Should Luis Enrique be doing more to keep him at the club? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!