Roma director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the club are interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, but has insisted they are not using Franco Baldini as an intermediate to negotiate on their behalf. Petrachi said: “I realise there is a release clause for Alderweireld, but Baldini has a strong rapport with Spurs directors, he worked there for many years and can support Roma in signing Alderweireld.
“If you want to say that Baldini negotiates on our behalf, then that is incorrect.
I want it to be clear that he is of support to Roma and in the specific case of Alderweireld is an idea to help us save a bit of money.
We’d be happy if we could sign him tomorrow without paying the release clause.
“I don’t like to talk about specific players, but obviously with Ivan Marcano and Kostas Manolas sold, we need two center-backs and that is the priority. We are working on several fronts and have clear ideas on what we intend to do.”
It has since been reported that the 30-year-old has a relatively low release clause of just £25 million ($32m), which Roma could meet in the coming days.