Monday, August 26, 2019

Roma deny Nkoulou interest after Torino president warns of €900,000 penalty


The Giallorossi say they are not interested in signing any of the Turin club's players amid talk of a fine

Roma have denied being interested in signing Nicolas Nkoulou after Torinopresident Urbano Cairo suggested the club could be forced to pay a €900,000 for contacting him.

The 29-year-old centre-back had reportedly become a transfer target for the Giallorossi, who are eager to strengthen their defensive options before the transfer deadline next Monday with the Cameroonian – who played 38 times, missing just three games in all competitions last season for Torino – appearing to be a solid option to replace Kostas Manolas.

Nkoulou is said to have told Torino boss Walter Mazzarri that he wanted to be excused from Sunday's Serie A opener against Sassuolo as he felt unable to focus amid the speculation over his future. He was not involved in the 2-1 victory.

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