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Brazilian ace admits the clubs are holding dialogue over his future and believes he could thrive in the Italian top-flight

Villarreal striker Nilmar has said he would be delighted to play for Roma, and admits the clubs are in talks over a €16 million (£14m) transfer.

Last week Italian director Walter Sabatini said the 27-year-old Brazilian was an "excellent" player, but added there was a "distance" between the two clubs regarding a deal.

Initial reports had suggested a €14m (£12.2m) bid from Roma was not seen as satisfactory by the Spanish outfit, leading to speculation Sabatini was trying to sweeten the deal by offering €16m (£14m).

And while the clubs continue to negotiate, Nilmar has expressed his desire to play in Serie A.

"I know Roma and Villarreal are talking and I would be very happy to come to the Italian capital to play football.

"Roma are a great club and I would be playing alongside players like Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi."

The Italian club are looking at Nilmar as a replacement for Mirko Vucinic who recently joined Juventus.

 
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