Roma boss admits deal for one-time £12m Liverpool target is close

The Serie A giants are nearing an agreement to bring Michel Bastos to the Stadio Olimpico.

Kenny Dalglish built something of a botched managerial transfer legacy at Liverpool with the signings of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, but the legendary Scot was also believed to have been close to signing Brazilian winger Michel Bastos at one time.

The Anfield side were touted with putting forward a £12 million bid for the star while he was at Lyon.

Despite Liverpool missing out on the ten-times capped Brazilian, Bastos’ career has taken a step sideways since.

A loan move to Schalke was followed by Lyon allowing the left winger to move to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

However, with the South American unsettled in the Middle East, a move back to Europe is on the cards.

Bastos is said to be a target for Napoli, however Roma boss Rudi Garcia has revealed that a deal to bring the wideman to the Stadio Olimpico is close to conclusion.

“It’s not done yet, but negotiations are at an advanced stage,” the French coach said.

“He is a versatile player, which is what interests me. He can play on the right or left, has a strong shot, good technique and can also play left-back, so we are covered in many different areas.

“I have been tracking this player since he left Lille, going through Lyon, Schalke and Al Ain. I always spoke to him and knew this was a possibility for us.

“Above all, he was very eager to come back to Europe, so I am happy. He’s not just a player of a top level, but also a good man.”

The left winger looks set for a move to Italy, but it is slightly surprising that Premier League clubs are not looking to interject and bring the highly rated player to England.

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