Italian press: Roma waiting for decision over Juan Iturbe before allowing Adem Ljajic to leave


Adem Ljajic's proposed move to Aston Villa may depend on Juan Iturbe.

According to Sky Italia, Roma want to determine Juan Iturbe's future at the club before allowing Adem Ljajic to leave the club for Aston Villa.

Roma snapped up Iturbe from Verona last summer, but the man dubbed as the next Lionel Messi had a difficult season in the Italian capital.

Manager Rudi Garcia has now strengthened his attacking options with the signings of Iago Falque and Mohamed Salah, bringing the future of a number of Roma players into doubt.

Sky Italia report that whilst Aston Villa want to sign Serbian international playmaker Ljajic on loan, that move is being delayed whilst Roma determine Iturbe's future.

With Serie A sides Genoa and Fiorentina interested in a move for Iturbe, Ljajic may yet end up staying with Roma rather than finally making a move to England.

Back in January 2009, Ljajic signed for Manchester United from Partizan Belgrade, but saw the deal fall through due to complications over his work permit, leading to an eventual move to Fiorentina in 2010.

Now with Roma, Ljajic has scored 15 goals in 72 games for the Italian giants, whilst his 12 caps for Serbia mean his work permit shouldn't be much of an issue anymore.

Villa will be hoping that Roma make a decision over Iturbe and Ljajic imminently, as with less than a week of the transfer window to go, manager Tim Sherwood will want to know whether Ljajic is heading to Villa Park or not.

With great skill and the ability to play out wide or as a central playmaker, Ljajic would be another attacking threat for Villa, alongside the likes of Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and Jordan Ayew.

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