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.
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.
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.