Ucan to return to Fenerbahce while Roma reignite interest in Clasie

The Turkish midfielder hasn't lived up to expectations while the club eye up Clasie to come in and do the job he couldn't

Ucan to return to Fenerbahce while Roma reignite interest in Clasie
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Having failed to cement a place in the Roma starting 11 over two years, the giallorossi will choose not to excercise their €11 million option to buy Salih Ucan according to Sport Mediaset therefore meaning the midfielder will return to Fenerbahce in the summer.

Ucan joined the capital club as one of Turkey's highest rated prospects but has largely failed to live up to expectations since joining on a two year loan deal in 2014 which cost the club just shy of €5 million. 

The 23-year-old has made just 10 appearances across the two seasons to date and despite providing two assists he has given Roma no reason to want to make his stay permanent. Roma's number 48 hasn't even played a whole half this season, even with all three appearances totalled up.

Ucan out, Clasie in?

Clasie in action for the Saints | photo: voetbal.com
Clasie in action for the Saints | photo: voetbal.com

Having failed last summer in their pursuit, the Stadio Olimpico side are said to be ready to reignite interest in Jordy Clasie CalcioMercato understand.

Both Roma and Napoli tried for the then Feyenoord midfielder but lost out to Southampton who secured his services for €12 million last summer.

CalcioMercato's report says Roma have enquired about the Dutchman's availability for the summer although it is unknown whether Roma wish to secure him on loan or permanently.

This season the 24-year-old has featured 20 times in all competitions but hasn't contributed any goals or assists. Despite his lack of input on the attacking front his performances overall have been of a high standard.

Clasie could well be replacing the homeward heading Ucan but rumours persist about the futures of Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainngolan so it could well be that Roma are planning for life without the pair in the midfield they've graced together for a number of years. Clasie could form a partnership with countryman Kevin Strootman in the situation that both leave but that relies heavily on Strootman keeping fit having failed to overcome multiple niggling injuries for the past couple years.