Roma should target Higuain over Bacca, argues Giannini

The club’s former midfielder is not convinced by the Sevilla man’s qualities, while Al Jazira have revealed their excitement at the prospect of signing Gervinho

Roma should try to sign Gonzalo Higuain or Edin Dzeko instead of Carlos Bacca, according to their former midfielder Giuseppe Giannini.

Rudi Garcia is in the market for a proven centre-forward and Sevilla star Bacca has emerged as a prime target, with the Colombian’s agent admitting he would be tempted by a move to the Italian capital.

However, Giannini – who spent 15 years with the Giallorossi – is not wholly convinced by Bacca and has urged the club to turn elsewhere.

“I’m not convinced,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “They need an expert centre-forward who can play in all competitions, especially the Champions League. Bacca only really emerged last year.

“I would go for Higuain or Dzeko. The Argentine especially would be perfect, given his relationship with Napoli is no longer exciting. If he wants to play in the Champions League, Roma could be a great opportunity.”

Giannini does, however, believe a double-bid for Genoa’s Iago Falque and Andrea Bertolacci would be a smart move, with both players understood to be on Roma’s radar.

“They would both be great signings, particularly Bertolacci, who is coming back after an important experience with the national team,” said the 50-year-old.

Meanwhile, new Al Jazira head coach Abel Braga says he is excited at the prospect of bringing Gervinho to the club.

The Ivorian is expected to complete a move to the Abu Dhabi outfit in the coming weeks and Braga, who has replaced Eric Gerets at the club, is relishing the prospect of combining Gervinho with former Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

“This is a special club for me,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Gervinho is amazing, if all goes well then he’ll come to us. With him and Vucinic together, we could aim for the top.”

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