Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) It’s the same as 1 Pogba, sold by Juve for €120 million, but split into 3 deals. Monchi’s Roma adventure is beginning with player sales. He has already brought in €50 million (€42m plus €8m bonuses) from the sale of Salah to Liverpool, and will add another €67 million (€60m plus €7m guaranteed bonuses) from the pact that will see Manolas and Paredes join Mancini’s Zenit. If we add the €4.5 million fee that Sassuolo have paid to make the Federico Ricci move permanent, Monchi has already secured more than €120 million for Roma’s coffers. At some point, further revenue will be added to this from the sales of Skorupski, Doumbia, Vainqueur, Castan, Zukanovic and, perhaps, Mario Rui, Iturbe and Gerson. These players were signed by his predecessor Sabatini but will be sold by one of Europe’s most highly rated sporting directors.
Roma will use the windfall received from the Salah (and Ricci) sales to balance their books in accordance with UEFA’s FFP regulations at the end of the financial year on 30th June. The €67 million coming from Zenit will be entered into next year’s financial results after 1st July; after making large profits on Manolas and Paredes, together with the guaranteed prize money from participating in the Champions League group stage, next year’s finances will be off to a healthy start.
There is already an agreement with Zenit, as there is between Manolas and the Russians (salary of €4 million net plus bonuses) – only one thing now remains to complete the puzzle: Paredes’ agreement. It will be up to his agent Pablo Sabbag, who has arrived in Italy, to resolve the matter, having already discussed a contract worth €3.5 million for his client with Zenit. Paredes has already given his agreement in principle, and his girlfriend has also been liking posts on Twitter that talk about Leo’s imminent departure for Zenit, but until the contracts are signed don’t rule anything out. Such as a last-minute offer from Juventus or Borussia Dortmund. If Paredes’ move to Mancini’s side were to fall through, Manolas would go to Russia anyway: the two transfers are running simultaneously but are separate entities, and the value of the Greek defender’s move is over €30 million.
In short, Roma are therefore 4 big players down as things stand (Manolas, Paredes and Salah, plus Szczesny who has gone back to Arsenal for now), but are much richer. And everyone in the transfer market is aware of it, including Feyenoord who yesterday pushed their luck for Karsdorp, who is already discussing a 5-year contract with the Giallorossi: Monchi and Baldissoni returned from a meeting in Amsterdam without having reached an agreement for the full back, who the Dutch club are demanding around €20 million for.
Roma need to up their offer by another €3m-€4m to come to an agreement, which is still ultimately very likely. Otherwise general director Baldissoni wouldn’t admit that “this was one of many meetings we’ve had to discuss this and it was the first time we’ve met the other club. I won’t talk about figures, and I would remind you that it’s only 25th June.” Monchi, strategically, made it clear that he was also evaluating other players, and that he would be occupying himself with other options while in the Netherlands. “How far off is Karsdorps’ arrival? As far away as Rome is from Amsterdam,” the sporting director joked.
In the meantime he is trying to get a reduced price for Nice’s Seri to reinforce the midfield, while there is also strong interest in Roque Mesa of Las Palmas. “Pellegrini will sign soon,” confirmed Baldissoni: he will sign his contract in Poland if the Under 21s reach the final, otherwise he will sign it on his return. The preferred centre back signing is Foyth of Estudiantes, but there also is a gap of several million here between the offer and the demand. If Mario Rui goes to Napoli, as Sarri and the player himself hope, a left back will need to be bought as well.
There are 3 possible arrivals up front. A first team player to replace Salah, another winger and a back up for Dzeko. There are many names being linked with the Giallorossi, but there is concrete interest in Ounas of Bordeaux. As for the departures, Doumbia caused his move to Sporting to fall through by refusing to get on the private jet that the Portuguese club sent to take him to Lisbon. The Ivorian has received a higher offer from Fenerbahce, who will now have to enter talks with Monchi.