Roma are on the verge of completing a deal for Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, which is widely reported to be worth around €5 million. The French international is out of contract next summer, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio he will sign a 4-year contract next week. Roma will pay €5 million in 2 instalments, €3 million this year and €2 million next year.
AS Roma are pleased to confirm the signing of full-back Rick Karsdorp from Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Massimo Cecchini) Ever since the time of the barbarian invasions, people in Rome have understood that one’s enemies can become the best of friends. And it’s about to happen again, given that they are looking to Lyon – who knocked the Giallorossi out of the Europa League last season – to sign 28 year old Maxime Gonalons, the conductor of the Lyon orchestra and French international. The Frenchman’s agent Frederic Guerra, who was at Trigoria two days ago for talks, confirmed the club’s interest. “Roma’s interest is real,” he told Centro Suono. “The clubs haven’t reached an agreement, but we’re nearly there. I think it will be done by 30th June.”
Corriere dello Sport (Marco Filacchione) As many people are saying in France, if Roma are looking for Salah’s successor then Florian Thauvin is their man. A left-footed player used to playing on the right, quick, skilled at one-on-ones, and menacing in front of goal. He’s less direct than the Egyptian, but is more powerful and stylish. He won a lot of plaudits after his last season with Marseille, both for what he did on the pitch (38 games, 15 goals, 9 assists) and off it.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Angelo Ricciardi) Rick Karsdorp was born in 1995 and arrived in Rotterdam aged 9, signed from VV Schoonhoven – his local club – after being spotted by Feyenoord’s scouting network. He grew up as a midfielder, playing everywhere from central midfield to attacking midfield and also on the wing. Fred Rutten, the coach before van Bronckhorst, saw Karsdorp’s potential as a wide player and moved him to full back at the start of the 2014/15 season.
Repubblica.it (Matteo Pinci) Roma may have thought that Manolas and Paredes were already packing their bags for St Petersburg. Everything has been agreed between the Giallorossi and Zenit: a deal struck for €50 million plus bonuses for the pair, to be added to the other €50 million (bonuses included) that they received from the Salah sale, and which will be filed in the club’s accounts after 1st July.
Mario Rui and his agent Mario Giuffredi today met Roma’s management team, including sporting director Monchi, to discuss the left back’s future, and after talks had concluded Giuffredi revealed to Radio CRC that his client will be leaving the Giallorossi after a single season for Napoli.