Istanbul Basaksehir held a goodbye press conference for Cenzig Ünder on Friday, as the young Turkish forward prepares to complete his €15m move to Roma. Club president Göksel Gümüşdağ revealed that they were also entitled to 20% of any future fee.
Mario Rui’s agent has admitted that he and his client behaved badly as they negotiated a transfer from Roma to Napoli, but says that the Giallorossi eventually came to understand their position.
Roma are still looking for a winger to replace Mohamed Salah, who left the Giallorossi for Liverpool earlier this summer, and the club have identified Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez as the man to replace ‘Momo’.
The club can confirm that SSC Napoli have signed full-back Mario Rui on an initial loan deal.
Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) All that’s missing is the official announcement, which should arrive in the coming hours, and then Gregoire Defrel will be a new Roma player. At the end of protracted negotiations (the Frenchman was on the verge of a move to the Giallorossi in January before talks collapsed), Roma and Sassuolo have finally found an agreement. The Emilian club will receive around €20m (plus bonuses) while the forward will sign a 5-year contract before joining up with his new squad, which leaves for their tour of the United States tomorrow.
Francesco Totti will continue his playing career with Tokyo Verdy, according to the Japanese club’s president, if he decides not to hang up his boots and begin his career as a director at Roma.
Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) “We want to win a trophy.” Roma’s ambition, at the start of every season, is always the same, provided that the all-conquering Juventus side of recent years leave something for the other clubs. Of the Giallorossi players who went back to Trigoria yesterday morning for the start of pre-season, and who will be in Pinzolo from today until the 14th, one of the few big names was Diego Perotti. “It will be very hard again this year,” the Argentine said, “although this time we have the advantage of not having to play in the Champions League play-offs. The other teams are organising themselves and will be stronger than in the past. We’ll need new players as well, even though we’re ready to have a great season.” He has complete confidence in Monchi, who signed him for Sevilla. “I’ve known him for 10 years. We’re missing a few players, but I have confidence in him and I know he’ll build a great team. Di Francesco? I haven’t got to know him yet.”