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Roma donate to family of injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox

Roma have donated 150,000 euros. Credit: PA

Roma have donated 150,000 euros (£133,000) to the family of injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox.

Irishman Cox was attacked by Roma supporters before the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield in April and is still recovering in hospital.

Footballing figures including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Everton defender Seamus Coleman have already made donations on Cox's family's GoFundMe page, and Roma have now followed suit.

A statement published on Thursday read: "Roma and club president Jim Pallotta have today announced that they will donate an initial sum of 150,000 euros to the family of Liverpool fan Sean Cox to help with his medical and rehabilitation costs.

"Roma will donate 100,000 euros through its Roma Cares foundation, while Pallotta has decided to make a personal donation of 50,000 euros.

"Today's announcement comes after club officials flew to Ireland on Friday to meet with Sean's wife Martina and representatives helping to manage the family's fundraising efforts.

"Having offered an initial financial donation, Roma have also agreed to work with the Cox family on further fundraising initiatives that will help cover ongoing costs for Sean over a multi-year period."

Roma also tweeted an invitation for Giallorossi fans to contribute, while players wore 'Forza Sean' (Come on Sean) T-shirts in training.

Marseille sign Strootman from Roma in £23m deal

Strootman was part of the side which miraculously came back against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final. Credit: PA

Marseille have announced the signing of Holland midfielder Kevin Strootman from Italian side Roma.

The Ligue 1 outfit have paid an initial 25million euros (£22.7million) for the 28-year-old, which could rise by an extra three million euros based on player and club performances. The length of his contract has not been disclosed.

Strootman is the latest player to leave the Italian capital in a big-money move following goalkeeper Alisson Becker's transfer to Liverpool and fellow midfielder Radja Nainggolan's departure to Serie A rivals Inter Milan earlier this summer.

The central midfielder made 44 appearances in all competitions last season as he helped the Giallorossi to third place in the table and the semi-finals of the Champions League, with a remarkable comeback to knock out Barcelona in the last eight.

Strootman played the full 90 minutes of Roma's season-opening 1-0 win at Torino last week but was left out of the matchday squad for Monday's 3-3 home draw with Atalanta as the deal moved closer to completion.


Roma 'do not lack ambition' claims Monchi after agreeing to Alisson sale

Alisson is reportedly undergoing and medical and will be announced as a Liverpool player this week. Credit: PA

Roma's sporting director Monchi has stressed selling Alisson "would not show a lack of ambition" as he confirmed the player was in Liverpool on Thursday.

Press Association Sport understands Liverpool have agreed to meet Roma's valuation of 75 million euros (approximately £67m) for Alisson, a figure which would make the 25-year-old Brazil international the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

On Wednesday, Italian website Forza Roma, which is affiliated to newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport, published a video which it said showed Alisson at Rome's Ciampino airport. It said he was preparing to board a private jet to Manchester and was on his way to Liverpool for a medical.

Speaking on Thursday at a press conference to present Roma's summer signing Justin Kluivert, Monchi was quoted on the Serie A club's official twitter feed as saying: "We haven't finalised anything yet (with Alisson).

"But it is true that the negotiations are advanced and he's over in Liverpool now."

Monchi, who took up his post at Roma in 2017, added: "When a very substantial offer comes in, you have to consider it.

"We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool.

"Selling Alisson would not show a lack of ambition. For me, ambition is about doing the right thing after thinking everything through.

"I came here to build a strong team, not just for one year but for many years to come - and I'm 100% sure that will be the case.

"I understand the fans' view. I want them to know we're working to build a stronger team.

"Some people never thought we'd be able to sign Kluivert. The same goes for (fellow summer signing Javier) Pastore.

"Perhaps today is tough for some fans, but we've brought in top players."


Liverpool to stick with Plan A against Roma - Gomez

Jurgen Klopp's side take a 5-2 lead into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico. Credit: PA

Defender Joe Gomez insists Liverpool cannot afford to change their game-plan against Roma if they want to secure a place in the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp's side take a 5-2 lead into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday but the Reds will be look to extend not defend that advantage.

"We have shown this season our best form of defence is attack so we will probably just do that again," said Gomez after Saturday's disappointing goalless draw at home to Stoke, which saw Liverpool creep closer to securing a top-four finish.

"Obviously we will be wary they have their threats and the two goals they scored will keep us on our toes and we will be defensively aware.

"But I don't think we can go there and afford to just sit off and try to defend the whole game because that will bring pressure and that is not the type of football we play.

"We want to go there on the front foot and try to add to the goals."

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