AS Roma have made a major transfer deadline day move, agreeing with Real Madrid on a loan deal that would see Fernando Gago move to the Italian capital for the upcoming season. The Argentine has been stuck on the bench at the Bernabeu, but he is hardly the first quality player to get stuck on the Madrid bench. A defensive midfielder with no issues putting a tackle in while also possessing a good range of passing from deep in the field, Gago will be an immediate boost to Roma.
Gago has found it difficult to get on the field at the Bernabeu. He was signed from Boca Juniors and got playing time from the start. His playing time decreased a bit though until Jose Mourinho arrived last year though when he was completely pushed aside. He played just seven times last season and then Madrid brought in Nuri Sahin, sealing Gago's fate.
At the moment, Simone Perrotta and Fabio Simplicio are the first choice central midfielders for Roma, but both are aging. Whether because of need to rest the two or the likelihood of the two older players to be injured, Roma could use another quality midfielder and they have one in Gago. Some may have forgotten just how good Gago is because it has been so long since he played regularly, but he's a 25-year-old who was playing more than 40 times per season for Madrid not too long ago. It's tough to see this move as anything except tremendous for Roma.