Roma studying Sanabria situation, Mancini on alert


Il Tempo (Austini): It’s an intertwining of three clubs, a still valid contract that was signed two and a half years ago, clauses, rights and percentages to make ends meet. The case of Tonny Sanabria has “turned-on” the “off” switch of the transfer market of Roma in January, with possible (but difficult for the immediate future) repercussions on the budget and the ability to make purchases. Yesterday, Genoa agreed with Real Betis on a deal to bring the Paraguayan striker on loan for 18 months, with an option to buy set at €22 million — as they’ve even set the date for the medical visits on Friday. But according to the contract, the deal requires Roma’s approval. The Giallorossi have already started studying the operation before giving their OK. Roma were granted an option to repurchase Sanabria in the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019, meaning the club have until June to bring the player back to the Italian capital by paying €14.5 million. But how can then Betis loan the player to Genoa for 18 months? There’s not only that question — Roma are entitled to 50% of the sale price of the player, who they sold to the Spanish side for €7.5 million in the summer of 2016, and it’s clear a free loan would not yield anything right now.

Monchi agrees that Sanabria is to be sold outright, but Genoa president Enrico Preziosi does not seem willing to buy him right away, the Giallorossi, meanwhile, want to find a place that could provide immediate compensation for the player. At that point, it’s possible that Roma would be able to move for Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini. The youngster is a goal for June,but the Bergamo side would be willing to give him on loan of 18 months with an obligation to buy for approximately €25 million overall, provided that Roma immediately pay €3 million. As of now, the Giallorossi don’t have the funds to spend unless one between Sanabria, Defrel or José Machín (another player Roma earn 50% of the transfer fee) is sold.

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