AS Roma Open Talks With the Representatives of Lille Defender Mehmet Zeki Celik

AS Roma have opened talks with the representatives of Lille defender Mehmet Zeki Celik, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Serie A side are looking to improve their defensive options in this transfer window and have targeted Lille’s talented Turkish right-back.

Celik is Roma’s other target, with a move for FC Dallas defender Bryan Reynolds stalling with interest elsewhere.

According to Romano, Roma will face competition for the Lille full-back with Everton also interested after speaking to his representatives a few weeks ago.

Roma Open Talks Over Lille Defender Mehmet Zeki Celik

Zeki Celik Has Been a Staple in the Lille Side

Roma are hoping to boost their right-back options in this transfer window. Bruno Peres, brought from the cold, has been the main man this season but options after that have been limited. Zeki Celik has impressed at Lille since making his debut in 2018.

Celik has played 13 times in Ligue 1 this season and has also featured for the French side in the Europa League. He is a right-back who loves both aspects of the game. He is a pacey full-back who is a hard worker, both offensively and defensively.

Celik has one goal and one assist this season and would certainly be an excellent signing for Paulo Fonseca’s team. His side sit third in Serie A as they look to ensure they secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Roma have made the first move but do face competition from other sides for the Turkish international. Several other sides including Everton are also interested in the full-back

Celik Seen as Alternative Option to FC Dallas Defender Bryan Reynolds

Talks are underway with Celik’s representatives as Roma look to make their move. However, they seemed to have moved on from prime target, Bryan Reynolds.

Talks between the two clubs have stalled and now other sides are showing an interest in the defender. Juventus are believed to be one of those while Belgian side Club Brugge also hold an interest.

It appears the primary objective in this transfer window is to sign a right-back and Roma have plenty of irons in the fire as they look to address that position.

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