Roma set sights on Cagliari defender Astori - report

Giallorossi coach Zdenek Zeman is a keen admirer of the former AC Milan centre-back, but the capital club need to persuade the Rossoblu to lower their asking price for the player
Roma have reportedly set their sights on Cagliari defender Davide Astori as they look to strengthen their defence before the start of the new Serie A season.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Giallorossi have already sounded out the centre-back about a move to the Stadio Olimpico, as the Azzurri international is represented by same people as Mattia Destro, who recently agreed to join the capital club.

However, the size of the transfer fee is proving to be a major stumbling block. Cagliari had agreed to sell Astori to Spartak Moscow for a reported €16 million earlier in July, only for the deal to collapse because of a sudden change of heart on the part of the player.

Rossoblu president Massimo Cellino is therefore reluctant to accept anything less than the previously-agreed price, but Roma are not in a position to pay that sum for the defender, even though he is held in very high regard by coach Zdenek Zeman.

Astori, who was included in Italy's preliminary squad for Euro 2012, joined Cagliari from AC Milan in 2008.