Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Necessity dictates that this option is taken seriously: Roma are scouring the market for players available on a free transfer. At this stage they have no other option, with their last financial statement heavily in the red and participation in the Champions League not yet assured. And so Monchi, who will be in Valencia tomorrow for the game against Sevilla, is working closely with Ricky Massara to establish if there are options available who would fit in with the team’s needs next season.
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.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Luciano Spalletti sounded the alarm just under 2 months ago. “We might have a few problems around February-March. We’ll have 11-12 games in 40 days and we won’t get out of it if we don’t have the right number of players.” The coach, speaking two weeks before the end of the transfer window, has been proved right. It was 15th January, there was time to add to the squad, but only one player arrived: Clement Grenier from Lyon. He can’t play in the Europa League because he has already played for the French side in the competition, and after a month and a half he has only played for a few minutes in the league in the 4-0 win against Fiorentina.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) In short, this is the story: Franck Kessie and Roma have sat down at the negotiating table and things are now becoming increasingly clear. This is the result of a meeting last Friday between Roma directors Ricky Massari and Mauro Baldissoni and the player’s agent, the Ivorian George Atangana. Yes, the same agent who – at the end of January – said that he was doubtful Kessie could join Roma (some say that this is because he was initially kept out of negotiations).
Roma have completed the signing of Matias Nani on a free transfer from Lanus. The young Argentine defender has been training with the Giallorossi since last July, but has only now been given clearance to play for the club.
Vocegiallorossa.it (Alessandro Paoli) Vocegiallorossa.it has learned that talks between Roma and Atalanta are now at an advanced stage for the Ivorian midfielder Franck Yannick Kessié.
LaRoma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Frederic Massara seems to have now fully taken over the role in the transfer market left to him by Walter Sabatini. The new sporting director has now completed a deal to bring Clément Grenier, the talented Lyon midfielder, to the Giallorossi. While negotiations for Gregoire Defrel, Franck Kessié and Godfred Donsah are still ongoing, Roma have completed their first signing of 2017.