I have been informed that Roma are getting traction in a move for Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan of Cagliari. Though not quite the same type of player, his arrival could theoretically cut into already concerning Michael Bradley minutes, in turn theoretically causing the US star to seek a move - which would kick off a whole other scene.
The funny thing is not that Roma really do not want to part with Bradley. Like, really and truly do not. No, the funny thing is Roma just lost a game and ground to first place Juventus when sitting Bradley looked like a big mistake.
Is he a surefire regular starter on that team? No. But against the best opponents, he is quote demonstrably necessary in midfield. There is a elemental reason he has never lost to Juve in three prior clashes, including a pair of upset wins with lowly Chievo, and it was clearly missing on Sunday. Confusing matters even more, Daniele De Rossi was shown red in the match, immediately opening more PT for Bradley.
Dizzy yet? Welcome to January.
- Greg Seltzer