Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) Is a revolution needed or not? At Roma, it’s usually the first option. Whether it’s a question of strategy or of player trading, fans are now all too aware of these phrases. They are part of a vocabulary in modern football that fans like less and less, as they are forced to live in a state of perennial anxiety. Of fear, almost. Because there is always the chance, lurking just around the corner, that the team will lose a key player. Particularly in defence. There was a time when fans would be able to become closely attached to a good player, as there was a high chance that they would see him wearing a Giallorossi shirt for a long time. Think of players like Aldair, Candela, Cafu, Zago, Mexes, Panucci. All very talented defenders, who enjoyed successful spells at Trigoria for long periods of time. They left an indelible mark behind.
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 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.
Kostas Manolas has spoken to Premium Sport about both his future and that of team-mate Radja Nainggolan. Both players have been linked with summer moves away from Roma, but Manolas stressed that his own future is entirely in the Giallorossi’s hands and that the directors know what they need to do if they want to keep him.
Kostas Manolas’ agent, Ioannis Evangelopoulos, has told tuttomercatoweb.com that it is up to Roma whether or not they sell the Greek defender in the summer. Manolas has been heavily linked with a lucrative transfer to Inter or the Premier League, but Evangelopoulos underlines that his client will go along with whatever the club decide.
Il Messaggero (Stefano Carina) Still no sign of progress. Neither Nainggolan, Manolas, Strootman, Spalletti nor De Rossi have seen their respective contractual situations move forward, regardless of how urgent it is to agree on new terms. Whether it’s just a renewal or a pay rise, their situations are the same as they were at the start of the summer.