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Report: Roma interested in Lucas Tousart

By Peter Vice

The very same Italian portal linking TSG Hoffenheim's Florian Grillitsch with a move to AS Roma also notes that the Serie A club might be interested in another Bundesliga midfielder. 

Germany's "Sport Bild" cannot confirm offers yet for either Hertha midfielder Lucas Tousart or teammate Krzysztof Piatek.

We're still obviously far from finished with the topic of Hertha sell-offs over the course of what looks to be a busy window for the capital city side.  

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As the January transfer window draws nearer, there's naturally increased focus on Bundesliga players sitting on expiring contracts. This includes a rather large swath of Borussia Mönchengladbach's roster as well as Hoffenheim stars Andrej Kramaric and Florian Grillitsch.

In the case of both of those clubs, links to an AS Roma squad eager to retool under Jose Mourinho keep creeping up. Glabach's Denis Zakaria and Hoffenheim's Florian Grillitsch  have been connected with I Giallorossi.

The Italian portal Siamo La Roma now also reports that Roma may be interested in acquiring the services of Hertha BSC midfielder Lucas Tousart, whom they snatch up at a reasonable price of around €12 million. This is still above the French midfielder's estimated €8 million worth, but still far below the €25 million he was once appraised at during his days at Olympique Lyon.

Entering the transfer window, the status Germany's West Berlin capital city club continues to intrigue despite having few players on expiring contracts. The January 2020 transfer window, conducted under the auspices of then head-coach Jürgen Klinsmann, is widely deemed by many to have been the most disastrous in recent Bundesliga history. The former Germany, Bayern, and USMNT head-coach racked up a €77 million purchase bill.

Even the liberty to spend at this level proved insufficient for Klinsmann, who resigned in protest less than a month later over an administrative structure that didn't give him full control. Meanwhile, three of the four players purchased in that month (Krzysztof Piatek, Santiago Ascacibar, and Lucas Tousart) now constitute a cumulative €35.5 million total loss. The club did recoup approximately €12 million with the fourth player, Matheus Cunha.

Previous Hertha trainer Pal Dardai prioritized building a midfield "axis" with Tousart and Ascacibar, but the experiment continued to flop despite the fact that he came back around to it several times. Dardai outright benched Piatek, whom he claimed wasn't a natural fit with the rest of the players. New gaffer Tayfun Korkut runs a 4-4-2 with Stevan Jovetic and Ishak Belfodil up top.

In recent public statements, Tousart has expressed his commitment to building something with Hertha. There is nevertheless no denying that the 24-year-old's hopes that "die alte Dame" might "become the PSG of Germany" did not and shall never come to pass. Tousart likely needs to find a locale to rebuild his career. The Serie A might accord both him and Piatek, who thrived there with Genoa and AC Milan, the right opportunity.

The latest rumors concerning Piatek have the Polish marksman potentially headed to Galatasaray Istanbul. At this time, reporters at Germany's main sporting tabloid can confirm neither this rumor nor the new one concerning Tousart.

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