RomaPress – Roma duo Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini could be on their way out this summer after becoming frustrated with their respective contractual situations.
The pair, whose deals expire in June 2024, have been in contract extension talks with the club for several months. Their agents, Mario Giuffredi and Beppe Riso, met with Roma executive Tiago Pinto on numerous occasions but neither have managed to reach an agreement.
Veretout is currently Roma’s fourth-highest paid player, earning €3 million (net) per season. He’s expressed his desire to remain in the capital Meanwhile, Mancini earns €2 million (net) per season, which is over 50% less than fellow defender Chris Smalling.
Both players are requesting a pay rise but so far Pinto has stayed firm and isn’t unwilling to meet their wage demands. The duo have been irked by the General Manager’s staunch approach during the negotiations and are slowly opening to the idea of a summer exit.
In addition, a source close to Veretout informed RomaPress last month that the midfielder has considered sacking his agent because he wants clarity on the situation immediately.
The drawn-out negotiations are hardly a surprise. Ever since the arrivals of The Friedkin Group and Pinto in late 2020, the club has taken a new, prudent approach when it comes to handing out new contracts when compared to Roma’s previous owners led by James Pallotta.
The Friedkin’s have seen first-hand the financial strains caused by exorbitant, illogical player contracts such as the ones previously given to Javier Pastore, Federico Fazio, and Steven Nzonzi.