Football: Feyenoord defender Rick Karsdorp set for Roma medical

Feyenoord defender Rick Karsdorp posing for photographers at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy ahead of his medical with Italian Serie A side AS Roma.
Feyenoord defender Rick Karsdorp posing for photographers at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy ahead of his medical with Italian Serie A side AS Roma.PHOTO: EPA

Milan (AFP) - Serie A runners-up Roma have moved to shore up their defence ahead of next season with the imminent signing of Dutch international defender Rick Karsdorp.

Feyenoord full-back Karsdorp, 22, arrived in Rome on Tuesday morning and "will have a medical in the Italian capital, ahead of a proposed move to the Giallorossi from current club Feyenoord," Roma said in a statement.

Roma, who have secured an automatic spot in next season's Champions League, are hoping to strengthen for a fresh assault on the competition next season.

However the capital club, who will be coached by former Sassuolo coach Eusebio di Francesco, have several transfer issues to resolve.

New Roma sporting director Monchi recently oversaw the sale of speedy Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for a reported €39 million (S$60.7 million).

He is also reported to have agreed to sell Greek international centre-back Kostas Manolas to Zenit St Petersburg.