Il Corriere dello Sport: Tomorrow, Roma will be facing a familiar opponent, but this time, he is one who could turn into a future hero of the club. His name? Franck Kessie. And next season, he could be a fan favorite of the Giallorossi because Roma are closing in on the player and have him in hand. The sides have agreed to a deal but no announcement will be made until the end of the season.
Roma have made great strides in recent weeks for the midfielder, who will likely be the first acquisition in the market, even before knowing who the manager will next season. Roma presented an official to Atalanta, which was accepted: €28 million including bonuses plus the loans of Primavera defender Riccardo Marchizza and forward Marco Tumminello. The operation was carried out between January and the offer was formalized in recent weeks, after the green light of Pallotta arrived during his stay in Rome. Initially, the Giallorossi had encountered some difficulty finding an agreement with the player, but in recent weeks, a satisfactory offer was found with his agent: a five-year contract, worth €1.4 million per season.
And this will not be the only investment in the midfield because Massara has officially informed Sassuolo that Roma intend to exercise their option to repurchase Lorenzo Pellegrini and will pay €10 million to have the youngster return.