Rennes open talks with Roma for Nzonzi


Roma are eager to lower their wage bill this summer and one of the names they’re pushing to offload is midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

The French midfielder has spent the past eighteen months on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes after being deemed a surplus to requirements. Nzonzi still has one season remaining on his deal with the Giallorossi and earns a whopping €3.1 million (net) per season in net wages.

Rennes, though, are keen on Nzonzi remaining at the club — and they’ve already opened talks with Roma on a permanent deal.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma need to earn €7 million from the midfielder’s sale in order to avoid a loss. However, it’s unknown if the French side are willing to spend that figure on a player who’s over 30 years-old.

Another solution that Roma could utilise is renewing Nzonzi’s contract for an additional season, which would add an additional year of amortisation and cut his book value in half: from €7 million to €3.5 million.

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