Kostas Manolas set for Roma stay after botched transfer


Greek international Kostas Manolas will remain a Roma player after all, according to sporting director Monchi.

The 25-year-old arranged a transfer with Zenit St. Petersburg back in June, but didn’t turn up for the medical after a dispute over his salary.

Various reports in Italy suggested that reigning champions Juventus had agreed a deal for Manolas, but Monchi shut down those claims at the presentation of Mexican international Hector Moreno, who joined from PSV Eindhoven.

“(Kostas) Manolas will stay, and he’ll stay at Roma for a long time,” said Monchi.

“If he intended to leave then he wouldn’t renew his contract, but that hasn’t happened and he’s happy to be here.”

Roma have recorded their three biggest transfer departures within the last year; Miralem Pjanic’s move to Juventus set the record at €30 million last season, followed by Antonio Rudiger’s €33 million move to Chelsea earlier this month. The record fee received for the club is from the sale of Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, arranged for €40 million plus future add-ons

Roma have already dealt with the exit of three first team players this summer – Mohamed Salah (to Liverpool), Leandro Paredes (to Zenit) and Antonio Rudiger (to Chelsea) – for a cumulative €100 million in transfer revenue, and have carefully spread out their summer spending with the signing of no less than six players.

While Serie A rivals AC Milan steal the headlines with their summer activity, Roma’s business has flown under the radar.

They picked up long-serving Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Maxime Gonalons for a paltry €5 million, while the buy back clause for Roma youth product Lorenzo Pellegrini was activated at €10 million, joining from Sassuolo.

Another €10 million was shared between the purchases of experienced defensive duo Aleksandar Kolarov and Hector Moreno, who departed Manchester City and PSV Eindhoven, respectively, while Eredivisie-winning centre-half Rick Karsdorp joins from Feyenoord for €14 million.

Rounding out Roma’s summer recruitment thus far is Turkish youngster Cengiz Under, joining from Basaksehir for €13.4 million.


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