Atletico Madrid closing on Roma star

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Roma need to sell to balance the books and it looks like Adem Ljajic could be sacrificed with Atletico Madrid in the frame.

Roma have spent heavily this summer and they may sell midfield talent Adem Ljajic to recoup some of their losses.

After finishing second in Serie A last season, the capital club are trying to strengthen their squad to go one better next time around.

Sporting director Walter Sabatini has been busy and has brought in some coups, such as Juan Iturbe, who looked set to join Juventus, defender Davide Astori and former Chelsea man Ashley Cole on a free transfer.

But now Roma need to trim their wage bill and star defender Mehdi Benatia is tipped by many to leave as well as Mattia Destro and Ljajic.

Roma may see Ljajic as the most palatable departure and reports from Il Messaggero suggest that Atletico Madrid are closing in.

The Serbian international attacking midfielder isn't short of interested parties though and German sides Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg are all also in the running.

If Roma manage to get a good price for Ljajic they may be able to avoid selling Benatia and Destro but much will also depend on whether the players in question want to move on.

Now 22, Ljajic arrived from Fiorentina last summer as a replacement for Erik Lamela, who joined Tottenham. Roma had around £12 million left over after the two deals.

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