Roma urges patience with Karsdorp deal


Roma CEO Mauro Baldissoni has told supporters not to read too much into the failed first phase of negotiations with Feyenoord over the transfer of Rick Karsdorp.

The Serie A runners-up came up short in their attempt to bring the 22-year old right-back to Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, with their offer of €16 million reportedly €3m short of Feyenoord's expectations.

In conversation with the Italian club's magazine Pagine Romaniste, Baldissoni played down the significance of the rejected bid, saying the meeting was just the start of the process.

"It was one of many meetings, we talk, we get to know each other, we start to discuss and see each other for the first time. It was the first meeting,"  he said on arriving back in Rome.

When asked whether the issue of contention related to the difference between the offer and the asking price, Baldissoni replied: "Figures? I won't say anything."

He was asked when Giallorossi fans could expect the deal to be concluded but refused to be drawn into speculation, only adding: "Soon. It's only June 25."