Tuesday, 22 July 2008

[Mercato] Roma make Mutu approach

Roma have tabled a bid for Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu, with the Viola now weighing up their options.

Adrian MutuThe Romania international had been rumoured to be a transfer target for the capital club for some time, although no official approach had been made.

However, with a firm bid now on the table Fiorentina admit that they are prepared to listen to offers for the striker.

"I am not one who gambles, I like to play with my cards on the table," Fiorentina's sporting director Pantaleo Corvino said.

"In the last few hours I have received an official offer from Roma.

"Taking this into consideration, it is my job and that of Fiorentina to meet with the club making the inquiries.

"Fiorentina's policy is to keep its players, but when it comes to someone close to the age of 30, if they ask to leave then it is our duty to listen to eventual offers.

"It seems right and logical to consider the offer and, if it is valid, to talk it over.

"It is legitimate for a player to ask to leave and think about their alternatives. It's possible Mutu wants something other than Fiorentina."

Roma are likely to have made their move at this time in order to prevent Mutu from appearing in the UEFA Champions League qualifying stages, thus making him cup-tied for that competition.

Although it remains unclear how much the Giallorossi have bid for the former Parma forward, it is rumoured that the figure is around £15.8million.

Source: Sky Sports

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