Roma waiting on Nzonzi, Samassekou on standby


The transfer market in England is set to close in 48 hours – with the rest of the major European leagues sitting…and waiting. The English FA’s decision to move the closing of the transfer market up nearly three weeks has greatly benefitted the rest of the big leagues throughout Europe, especially in terms of negotiations.

This situation rings true with Roma and their pursuit of Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi. The Frenchman has already informed Sevilla he would like to leave the club this summer, as Arsenal, Everton, and the Giallorossi are interested in the midfielder. However, the latter two sides have less than 48 hours to complete a move for the former Stoke City man. Nzonzi is, reportedly, asking for wages worth €4.5 million (net) per season plus bonuses, making his total request closer to €5 million (net), which would make him Roma’s highest earner in the side. The Giallorossi, though, are waiting to see if either of the English clubs are able to finalise the operation for Nzonzi – should they fail to do so, they are in the driver’s seat in relation to the negotiations with the Frenchman and his entourage.

Both Monchi and Roma president James Pallotta have made it clear that Nzonzi is one of the main objectives for the club, though; the final fate of the player seems to be in the others’ hands. With Nzonzi’s willingness to leave Sevilla being absolute, Roma are certain that his wage request will significantly lower once he realises an English club, who has vastly more spending power, is no longer an option. The Giallorossi are certainly ready to hand Nzonzi an important increase from his current €2.5 million (net) wages, but offering double his current wages on top of a 3-4 years contract to a soon-to-be 30 year old makes very little financial sense for Roma.

Should Monchi fail to land Nzonzi, his “Plan B” is already in place…and he is waiting in Austria. His name? Diadie Samassékou. The Mali international of Austrian side Salzburg is a much more viable option for the Giallorossi given that his cost between fee and wages would be significantly less than Nzonzi and he would also allow Roma to potentially splash big money on a right winger, as their only current option is Cengiz Ünder. Samassékou isn’t nearly the finished product that Nzonzi is but he has shown flashes of brilliance during his brief time in the top flight. The 22 year old has the motor, tackling ability, and ball recovery attributes that Roma currently lack in the midfield and he would be a sensational compliment to Javier Pastore and Bryan Cristante.

So while Roma await the final hours of the English transfer window, sporting director Monchi is ready to upgrade the midfield and bring in another name. With Daniele De Rossi aging and Maxime Gonalons failing to impress, the Giallorossi are certainly going to be making an upgrade in the middle regardless of who they choose.

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