RomaPress – Roma general manager Tiago Pinto has delayed his trip to the team’s retreat in Portugal, opting to remain in Milano as he continues to work on multiple transfer market operations.
At the top of his priority list is acquiring one or two new midfielders while offloading the likes of Jordan Veretout, Amadou Diawara, Gonzalo Villar, and Ebrima Darboe.
One of the incoming options the Giallorossi are considering is Atletico Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez. The Spaniard returned to the La Liga side after Chelsea decided against making his loan move a permanent deal.
Despite his return to Spain, he’s already been informed by Diego Simeone that he’s a surplus to requirements, forcing him to find another solution for the upcoming season.
Atletico Madrid realise it’ll be difficult to sell the midfielder due to their price-tag of €25 million combined with his wages of €6.5 million (net) per season.
Aware of this, the Spanish side have informed interested clubs they’d be willing to loan the player for little to no fee. However, they’ve insisted his new club would be responsible for paying his full wages for the season.
In addition, the Giallorossi wouldn’t be able to apply the decreto crescita to Saúl’s wages because it’s only valid for contracts a minimum of twenty-four months long.
The midfielder’s agent, Stellar Group’s Jonathan Barnett, has been in contact with Tiago Pinto throughout the summer but he’s aware it’s a difficult deal for the Giallorossi to pull-off.