Il Tempo (Austini): One is stopped a centimeter away from the finish line while the other takes the lead.
Manolas and Paredes’ double transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg comes with much intrigue. Yesterday, it all seemed to be done for the Greek and almost done for the Argentine, but today, the scenario has changed again. Manolas broke negotiations with Mancini’s team due to economic issues, there are those who say it was about the ruble-dollar exchange rate as he demanded higher wages, and he, therefore, did not appear at the medical examinations scheduled in the morning at Villa Stuart on behalf of Zenit. The defender is in Rome but is still on holiday.
Monchi had reached an agreement to sell both players for a total of €60 million plus €7 million in guaranteed bonuses, but the two operations have been untied but the transfer of Paredes does not seem to be at risk.
An additional clue comes from Instagram, where the Argentine’s wife, Camila Galante, in a “story” (yesterday) portraying her together with Leo confirmed the upcoming return to Italy from Argentina, writing: “When they tell you you must leave tomorrow…”
Paredes is in Argentina for holiday, but he has been summoned to Villa Stuart by Zenit to undergo medical examinations. His passage to the Russian club should be for about €25 million plus bonuses, while we now wait and turn to Manolas and await his decision.