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Roma has seen rivals Juventus bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy this summer with the Portugal star joining from Real Madrid.

Juventus have won Serie A for the past seven seasons and the signing of Ronaldo should strengthen their hold on the division.

Roma ended last season in third, with Napoli Juve’s closest rivals.

But Pallotta doesn’t believe Ronaldo will find it easy in Italy, while jokingly suggesting he’s lined up Messi as a way to beat the Turin side.

“He is a fantastic player, but in Italy it will be more difficult for him,” Pallotta said, according to Il Messaggero.

“Will we buy a top player? We are already talking to Barcelona about Messi.”

Roma have not been best pleased with Barcelona this summer following the issues surrounding a deal for Malcom.

Roma thought they had a deal wrapped up for then-Bordeaux winger Malcom before Barcelona intervened at the 11th hour.

Roma were left fuming at the actions of the Nou Camp club and are reportedly considering legal action.

And Malcom rubbed salt in Roma’s wounds this week when he netted his first Barca goal against the Italian side in the International Champions Cup.

And Pallotta previously said that only the signing of Messi would make up for Barcelona stealing Malcom off Roma’s toes.

“Barcelona intervened in an unethical way,” Pallotta recently said.

“In the morning, (technical director) Monchi was in a conference call with his agent and an agreement was made.

“We’ve received legal advice, and it seems Bordeaux will be called to testify.

“Barcelona apologised to us, but I didn’t accept their apologies.

“The only way to accept them is if they decide to give us Messi.

“Closed relations with Barcelona? No. They are bigger than us and we’ll have agreements with them in the future.”

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