It has this weekend been rumoured that if Arsenal or Chelsea want to sign long-term transfer target Kostas Manolas from Roma, they’ll have to pay approximately £38m.
Both sides can be backed at 6/1 to win the Premier League title next term, though bolstering backlines isn’t believed to be a priority for either outfit.
And based on Roma’s record for extorting sky-high sums for centre-backs who have struggled once away from the Italian capital, pursuing the pricy Greek doesn’t strike as a smart move.
Mehdi Benatia is the most prominent example, with Roma selling him to Bayern Munich ahead of the 2014/15 season for a fee that stretches as high as £23.9m according to some media sources.
At the time of the transfer, the Moroccan was regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world, recording a pass completion rate of 88.6% in his sole season with the Giallorossi to demonstrate an ability to combine stylish play with rugged defending.
Pep Guardiola was obviously attracted to such a player, but he failed to recapture this form in Bavaria, never starting more than 15 Bundesliga fixtures in either of his two seasons and has since been shipped back to Serie A on a loan deal to Juventus.
A more recent case of Roma driving a hard centre-back bargain is that of Newcastle United flop Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
The Stadio Olimpico outfit signed him for £5m and sold him for almost £4m more at the start of 2015/16 when Olympique Lyonnais came calling.
Yanga-Mbiwa didn’t fare too badly back in his homeland, but Lyon finished their Ligue 1 campaign ten points worse off with him in the ranks, having conceded as many goals more than in the previous season.
Staying in France, it’s Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos who provides the most costly example.
Roma netted just shy of £30m for the Brazilian prodigy following an excellent 2012/13 edition in Italy, in which he started 22 Serie A games.
Three years in the French capital and he is yet to begin as many league matches in a single season, having regularly been deployed out of position at right-back across his Rouges et Bleus career to date.