Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) The probable sale of Kostas Manolas to Zenit St Petersburg – there is still some distance between Roma’s demands (€40 million) and the Russian club’s offer (€30 million plus bonuses), but the two parties will meet again in the coming days – means that the Giallorossi defence will have to be overhauled again in preparation for next year.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) It’s done. Fans won’t be told immediately, but it’s all essentially done. It isn’t just Kostas Manolas but also Leandro Paredes who is preparing to sign for Zenit St Petersburg in a double signing that was agreed overnight, after a meeting between Monchi, Baldissoni and a delegation from the Russian club in the Hilton Hotel at the airport in Munich. The bonuses and modality of payment are yet to be decided, but the fixed fee is expected to be around €45 million.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) Roma will be ready in 5. Not 5 minutes, just to be clear. They need a lot longer just to set out their short term plans, which the club’s management has been doing recently during meetings in Boston. No, 5 signings, while keeping as much of the current squad together as possible, in order to have the deep squad necessary to progress beyond the Champions League group stage. This is Roma’s target for next year.
Speaking to ad.nl, Kevin Strootman has commented on his recent contract renewal with Roma and – amid transfer rumours linking him with a move away due to the reported release clause – insists he is happy to have signed an extension with the Giallorossi.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) There’s no more time to lose. Roma want to announce the appointment of Di Francesco, the coach chosen as Spalletti’s replacement, by the end of the week, or the start of next week at the latest. What Pallotta said on Tuesday left no doubts. And yesterday there was notable progress made by the Sassuolo coach in freeing himself from that clause that Roma are not prepared to accept. Roma desperately need to appoint a new coach, and are fixated on him, but they cannot and will not pay the €3 million release clause.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese, Luca Taidelli) Inter are aiming to ‘Romanise’ themselves. After appointing the ex-Giallorossi Sabatini and Spalletti, the Nerazzurri hierarchy are now looking at some of Roma’s top players. In truth, their interest predates their appointment of the Certaldo-born coach. Because Nainggolan, Rudiger and Strootman (not to mention the youngster Marchizza and director Massara) are players who any club would be interested in. For now, Ausilio and Sabatini are simply observing as they make their plans for next season. The two clubs have a shared problem of having to balance their books by the end of June to keep in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. After that, Inter will be able to let themselves loose thanks to the resources made available to them by Suning. Rudiger has already been highly praised by Sabatini (“a magnificent player”), who brought him to the capital 2 years ago. There won’t be a problem in reaching an agreement with the player, but they need €30 million in order for Roma to balance their accounts. However things seem to be progressing, as they are for Nice’s left back Dalbert.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) “I’ll decide when I retire”, part 2. It seems as though Francesco Totti hasn’t decided what to do next, and it’s not just about what position he will take upstairs at Roma, because he hasn’t definitively ruled out hanging up his boots just yet. Speaking to Chi, he talked about it once more: “For now I’m enjoying a bit of time off with Ilary, then we’ll see: it’s not a given that I will definitely stop playing.” His mini-break to St Tropez has helped him to unwind a bit, but hasn’t helped him to clear up his future. Was 28th May really his last game as a player? Or just the last time he captains Roma?