Villarreal striker Nilmar has said he would be delighted to play for Roma, and admits the clubs are in talks over a €16 million 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 an agreement.
Initial reports had suggested a €14m 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.
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.