Roma sound out a move for talented Malaga winger, Ricardo Horta

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The 20-year-old Portuguese international is being monitored by the Italian giants.

In the midst of preparing their summer shopping list, AS Roma are considering the possibility of a move for promising Malaga winger, Ricardo Horta, according to Italian transfer gossip site, Tutto Mercato Web.

Malaga completed somewhat of a coup, when they signed Horta last summer from Vitoria de Setubal, after an inspirational first top-flight campaign in Portugal, which produced a return of seven goals in 34 games.

A number of clubs were interested at the time, including giants of his country, FC Porto and Benfica, but Malaga swooped quickly to complete their move.

However, the deal was also concluded with the aid of Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendes, who clearly viewed the youngster as a sound investment for the future, who could improve his game by playing in the stronger competition La Liga offers.

With Malaga, the 20-year-old has featured mostly on the right wing, but also occasionally in a more central attacking midfield role, making 15 starts and a further 15 appearances from the bench.

During those games, Horta has produced just one goal and one assist, although his overall contribution to play has been regarded positively, suggesting he's a player the Costa del Sol club would like to retain.

Since moving to Malaga, Horta also made his full international debut with Portugal last September, during the disappointing 0-1 defeat against Albania, in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The acid test to the resolve of Los Boquerones will come, if AS Roma make their interest official, plus it's clear that Jorge Mendes will also have a large say in matters, given his company retains the larger percentage of Horta's economic rights.

Malaga would gain from any potential transfer, so would likely give any such move serious thought if a sizeable enough offer was forthcoming, providing them with essential funds to strengthen other areas of the team.

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