Roma’s Leandro Paredes hesitating over move to Zenit St Petersburg (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.


However, there’s a but: the Russian club don’t yet have Paredes’ agreement. As a result of this, Zenit’s management arrived in Italy today with the aim of convincing Pablo Sabbag, the player’s agent, who can’t say no to the Russians’ offer. But the regista‘s ‘yes’ hasn’t yet arrived, and as of a few hours ago he was still wavering; he has twice almost joined Juventus and, should he leave, he would rather try to stay in Italy, perhaps probing to see whether the Bianconeri are still interested. However, at this stage, they are most definitely looking elsewhere: consequently, at Trigoria they are convinced that Paredes will ultimately agree to move to Russia, where he will join a coach in Roberto Mancini who requested him personally, as he sees Paredes as the ideal regista to build his team around.

Manolas, meanwhile, has already given his agreement to the transfer. The Russian club still need to finalise the details of the contract with his agent, but there is already an agreement in principle to take the Greek defender to Russia. Mario Rui is also on his way out: his agent met Monchi at Trigoria to put forward Napoli’s first offer, which is worth around €6 million. Roma are inclined to let him leave, but they are asking for more money given that they spent €10 million on him a year ago. Whatever money they receive from the Azzurri for the full back, it will be a useful sum to add to the club’s coffers.

Roma will use at least part of that revenue to pay Feyenoord for Karsdorp: however, during their recent trip to Holland, the Giallorossi directors didn’t reach an agreement with the Rotterdam side, who are asking for more than the €13 million offered by Roma. At least €18 million. A deal could be done for around €15 million though, as Monchi and Baldissoni are convinced that Feyenoord need to make a profit to balance their accounts before 30th June, and so in the end they may have to accept what is being offered in order to conclude the deal in time. Monchi also has the player’s agreement and a promise for his family: at Trigoria they are therefore convinced they will have Karsdorp by the time the squad head off for their ritiro in Pinzolo on 7th July.


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