AS Roma are looking for a free agent market for a central defender

AS Roma coach José Mourinho was keen to bring in a central defender before the transfer window closed, but the club were unable to sign anyone.

Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Forza Roma) reports that the Giallorossi will now consider signing a player from the free agent market for their head coach.

They can sign and register free agents at any time. They have already brought in Andrea Belotti from the free agent market.

The Europa Conference League winners would have Nikola Maksimovic, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jason Denayer and Luca Ceppitelli on their shortlist with Marash Kumbulla injured.

Top of the list is former Turin, Napoli and Genoa centre-back Maksimovic. The Serb is without a club after his contract with Genoa expired this summer.

Maksimovic had been loaned to Spartak Moscow in Russia. He returned to the Partenopei before leaving for free.

He is evaluating the possibility of a return to Serbia with Red Star Belgrade. There are also links with Turkish giants Galatasaray but staying in Italy may be of interest to him.

Dan-Axel Zagadou is also free after Borussia Dortmund opted not to extend his contract with the club. The left-footed defender is another option for Roma but there are doubts over his fitness.

The 23-year-old has suffered numerous injuries, punctuating his development since leaving the Paris Saint-Germain academy.

Former Lyonnais Jason Denayer is also a possibility for Roma. The 27-year-old Belgium international will bring experience to Mourinho’s defense but is closer to joining Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ceppitelli, formerly of Cagliari, is the last option on the list. He left Sardis after eight years and is now without a club.

Mourinho will be keen for reinforcements after his side lost 4-0 to Andrea Sottil’s Udinese on Sunday.

The Portuguese coach had seen his team start the season brilliantly with three wins and a draw before being beaten this weekend.

Roma were outmaneuvered and dominated by their Serie A counterparts.

They will look to put their disappointing exit behind them as they begin their Europa League campaign. They start with a trip to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets later this week.

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