Edin Dzeko-Alexis Sanchez swap collapses

RomaPress Staff

After nearly 72 hours of negotiations, Roma and Inter have failed to reach an agreement on the loan swap deal involving Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez.

La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the two clubs haven’t been able to find an understanding involving the wages of the attacking pair. The Bosnian earns an additional €3 million (net) per season compared to the Chilean, who has been able to take advantage of one of Italy’s tax measures known as the “growth decree”.

The Nerazzurri can not spend money during this transfer window and they informed Roma if the deal is to be completed they would have to pay for the salary difference.

Since the Giallorossi are unwilling to pay any additional fee to bring the former Manchester United to the Italian capital, sources from both clubs believe that the deal is essentially dead. Even though it appears as the ex-Wolfsburg attacker is set to remain, his long term future in Rome is still a major questions mark.

Dzeko still has eighteen months remaining on his contract but his strained relationship with manager Paulo Fonseca makes the situation seem untenable.

The Portuguese tactician has barred the 34 year-old from training with the rest of the squad after the two had a bust up nine days ago. The coach has no intention of calling him up for Sunday evening’s league fixture against Hellas Verona, though, the Giallorossi are still favored to win against the Ventian side by oddsmakers at

If Roma are unable to find a buyer for their third all-time leading goalscorer, then Tiago Pinto, the club’s General Director, will likely try and broker peace between the pair — but there is no guarantee that this will resolve issue between the pair.

For the time being, Fonseca will hand Borja Mayoral a starting role in place of the Bosnian. The Spanish striker, who joined Roma on a two year loan deal in the summer from Real Madrid, has been impressive so far this season with 8 goals and 5 assists in twenty appearances in all competitions.

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