Italian side Roma are set to beat Liverpool to the signature of Brazilian winger Michel Bastos, as reported by Sky Sports.

Roma manager Rudi Garcia has confirmed that Bastos is set to join them on loan until the end of the season from Al Ain after turning down a number of other European clubs.

Liverpool and Napoli were thought to be favourites to sign the 30 year old Brazilian international at the start of the January transfer window but Garcia’s working relationship with the winger seems to have turned his head.

The pair worked together at French club Lille and Garcia’s knowledge of the player made this a deal that could not be missed out on.

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

“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.”

 

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