Fulham are interested in signing AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli as a free agent with terms expiring on June 30, and here are four other options for Marco Silva to consider.
The Craven Cottage organization is alert to Romagnoli’s situation in the San Siro as Silva attempts to consolidate his rank. He led the West London natives to the Premier League last season as champions of the championship for a third promotion in the last five campaigns.
Silva is now keen to avoid following his predecessors’ charge by preventing Fulham from falling straight into second division. And he believes Romagnoli has the leadership and skills to lead the club into the next stint, with the Rossneri captain taking the market for free on July 1.
Fulham interested in signing AC Milan captain Romagnoli as a free agent
Fulham have offered Romagnoli a move to the Premier League as a free agent, whose contract at AC Milan expires this month. TuttoMercatoWEB reports Silva has presented the Italian with a €4m-a-year (£66k-a/w) deal as he is serious about signing the centre-half.
Romagnoli is studying Cottegers’ terms but is also keen to understand whether AC Milan will re-evaluate his departure. The 27-year-old is also curious to know whether Lazio will make a better offer, as the offer Biancocelesti made doesn’t quite fulfill what he thinks he deserves.
AC Milan are open to Romagnoli as he fell to Stefano Pioli’s pecking order after winning the Serie A title last season. The 12-cap Azurri enforcer played only 19 league fixtures in the previous stint, as well as seven cup ties, including five of six in the Champions League.
The transfer to Craven’s Cottage would be the first Roma product spell in England that had not been played outside Italy. But Romagnoli is one of several soon-to-be-freed agents that Silva could sign to bolster his ranks at Fulham to avoid relegation from the Premier League…
Fulham may reunite Sidibe and Silva by signing Monaco ace as a free agent
Fulham are looking for a right-back after Neko Williams returns to Liverpool after his successful spell on loan. And Sky Sports reports Kotjers has placed a €10m (£9m) bid for Wolfsburg star Kevin Mbabu. But Silva can save his money by signing Jibril Sidibe.
AS Monaco have confirmed that they are releasing Sidibe with his contract expiring on 30 June. The 29-year-old has made 174 appearances for the Ligue 1 organization in all competitions since joining from LOSC Lille in 2016. He also did his 26 outings during this period. 2021/22 season.
Fulham can now sign Sidibe as a free agent to strengthen Silva’s options at the right-back and give the 18-cap international a second chance in the Premier League. Any deal would see the Frenchman and Silva reunited, after joining Everton on loan during 2019/20.
Silva signed Sidibe while in charge at Goodison Park to support Seamus Coleman and rival for minutes. The right-back will make 28 appearances at the Royal Blues, including 25 Premier League games for four assists, and can now join Silva as a free agent at Fulham from 1 July.
Strakosha could solve Fulham’s search for a goalkeeper as English substitutes run short
Fulham are interested in signing Thomas Strakosha with goalkeeper leaving Lazio as a free agent on 30 June. But Express journalist Ryan Taylor noted that the Albanians are considering their other options as there are now tensions between the Cottagers and their agent, Pini Zahvi.
Yet Strakosha’s options in England are dwindling as Newcastle United – a long-to-be-tall – have signed Burnley stopper Nick Pope. fabrizio romano has also credited the interest to Chelsea, but The Mirror (26/06, p73) suggests that the demand for his wages is proving to be an issue.
Fulham, putting aside his discrepancies with Jahvi, saw Strakosha resolve Silva’s search for goalkeeper. The 27-year-old enjoyed 31 appearances in all competitions for 11 clean sheets last season, including keeping seven shutouts from 23 Serie A matches.
Brooks to leave Wolfsburg as a free agent after five years with the club
Wolfsburg have chosen to release John Brooks as a free agent after five years with the Bundesliga club. The defender set a record fee for an American when he moved from Hertha Berlin to the Volkswagen Arena for $20m (£16.5m), and may remain in Germany.
According to the kicker, Hoffenheim is interested in Brooks to add a stronger enforcer to his centre-back rank. But the 29-year-old could also add an impressive appearance to Silva’s side as the Berlin-born star bids to secure his return to the USMNT ahead of the World Cup.
He has not played for the United States since September, despite maintaining a significant presence at Wolfsburg. Brooks enjoyed 36 appearances last season, with 31 in the German top-flight for 10 clean sheets, so may welcome a chance to prove himself in England next.
Fulham may sign midfield all-rounder for Hoffenheim free agent Grelitsch
Fulham may sign an all-rounder to bolster Silva’s options in midfield at Hoffenheim free agent Florian Grelitsch. The Austrian is leaving the Rhein-Neckar-Arena team after five years and 151 games, eight goals and 11 assists, a deeply central role in all competitions.
His strong ability to get the ball on and off has seen the 33-cap technician play a key role in Die Krautgauer. Gryllitz is safe on the ball, spreads the game with an array of passes, can beat his marker and harass opponents to capture different areas of the field.
However, after officially becoming a free agent on July 1, Fulham may need to strike swiftly to sign Gryllitz. Romano Earlier in June, it was claimed that the 26-year-old had signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina. But TMW will now note that Roma had renewed talks with his agent this Monday.