The Irish football world was astonished by the news that AC Milan are considering a bid for Burnley and Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick. The Dubliner surely matches any Italian midfielder in terms of hair, but we simply hadn't imagined a Serie A move in Hendrick's future.
Well it appears another giant of Serie A is weighing up a move for Hendrick. The website Calciomercato reported yesterday evening that Roma are now weighing up a move for Hendrick.
Their article likens Hendrick to Roma's midfielder Bryan Cristante, talks up his attractive contract situation and notes his passion for Catholicism.
Here's a Google translation of the Calciomercato article:
It will be a market of exchanges, occasions and zero parameters. Among these there is also a new name for Pallotta's Roma. In these hours it has been proposed, in fact, Jeff Hendrick central midfielder of the 28-year-old Burnley. The Irishman (firm point of the national team) is very flexible and can play both in front of the defense and as a half-wing but he will not renew his contract with the English club and falls within the parameters of the new yellow-and-red engagement since he earns less than 2 million a season. This season 24 appearances 2 goals and 2 assists. Milan's interest is also strong on him and an intermediary would have offered it to Baldini. Roma took time.
WHO IS - Born in Dublin and strongly Catholic Hendrick is a footballer with an insured performance, but he has never played in a big one. After arriving at Burnley in 2016 from Derby County for about 13 million euros, Hendrick scored 10 goals in 139 appearances contributing to the historic seventh place achieved in the 2017-2018 season. The company wanted to renew its contract but the Irishman decided to change the air. Thanks to his ability to insert and to be always ready in both phases he has a fair sense of goal but he can also play from the defense and in this sense he looks a lot like Cristante. At 28, despite zero appearances in the Champions League, he still put together an excellent international experience thanks to the games (54) played with Ireland since 2013, making his debut with Giovanni Trapattoni and playing the 2016 European Championship.