Roma chief Walter Sabatini has admitted that he would jump at the chance to bring back the trio of Erik Lamela, Marquinhos and Medhi Benatia back to the Stadio Olimpico
Roma are arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world but given the Giallorossi’s financial predicament in recent times, they have been forced to part with some of their bigger names over the past few summers.
During the summer of 2013, Roma decided to cash in on defender Marquinhos to Paris Saint-Germain and winger Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for a combined fee of around £60million.
Then the following campaign, Roma lost star Medhi Benatia to German giants Bayern Munich and upon the completion of the move, the Moroccan international had stated that he was forced to leave the Stadio Olimpico as the Italian side needed the money.
Since the aforementioned trio’s departure from Roma though, they have not been able to produce their best in the new surroundings.
Now much to the excitement of the Roma faithful, club chief Walter Sabatini has admitted that he would be open to welcoming back Marquinhos, Lamela and Benatia to the Stadio Olimpico if the three players are made available.
Speaking to reporters during the charity game between Roma legends and Liberi Nantes on Sunday, Sabatini said, “You talked about Lamela, then Marquinhos and now even Benatia.
“I’ve always liked Medhi, of course, and if there was a chance to bring him back, then I would. But last year he left in some pretty bitter circumstances with the fans.
“Marquinhos is strong too and I would like him back, but he costs about €60million now and that is excessive. Lamela, too, is another good player but would cost a lot.”
PSG have made it clear that they are not looking to sell Marquinhos anytime soon while Lamela has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence at Tottenham Hotspur currently.
As for Benatia, he has struggled for regular minutes on the pitch for Bayern Munich but given his acrimonious exit from Roma, it seems unlikely that the fans would want the defender back at the club.
Therefore, it is unlikely that Roma will be able to re-sign anyone of Marquinhos, Lamela and Benatia during the foreseeable future.