Official: Roma take Atalanta’s Mancini

Roma have officially signed Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini on loan with conditional obligation to buy for €15m plus bonuses and 10 per cent sell-on fee.

“Being a player at such a prestigious club as Roma is reason to be proud and repays me for many years of sacrifices that began when I first started playing football,” Mancini told Roma TV.

“I can’t wait to start this new adventure.”

The news was confirmed in a statement from the Giallorossi, who being floated on the stock exchange must give very precise details on their transfers.

“Roma have signed Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta until June 30 2020. The agreement includes a cost of €2m for the loan, obligation to buy at €13m, on the condition of certain sporting situations, as well as a variable set of bonuses up to a maximum of €8m.

“In addition, in case of future transfer for the player, Roma will owe Atalanta 10 per cent of the sale price, in excess of the money already earned in terms of fixed transfer fee and variables.

“The player has signed a contract to June 30, 2024.”

Mancini is a 23-year-old centre-back who has two senior caps for Italy.

He came through the Fiorentina youth academy originally, then was sold to Perugia for €150,000 in 2016 and Atalanta bought him for double that sum just six months later.

“Gianluca’s arrival allows us to add a young and technically very gifted player to our defensive line,” added director of sport Gianluca Petrachi.

“I am happy to put at the disposal of Coach Paulo Fonseca a lad who is so dedicated to hard work and is eager to improve himself.”

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De Rossi to accept Boca Juniors?

There are increasing reports Daniele De Rossi will postpone his retirement and make one of his dreams come true by playing for Boca Juniors.

The midfielder turns 36 later this month and his contract with lifelong club Roma was not renewed.

He had been ready to hang up his boots rather than play for a different team, but TN.com and Sky Sport Italia now suggest De Rossi is ready to sign a five-month contract for Boca.

DDR had always said it was his dream to play in the legendary Bombonera and the Boca Juniors director of sport is his former Roma teammate Nicolas Burdisso.

The decision was also hinted at by another ex-Roma player and current President of the AIC (Italian Players’ Association) Damiano Tommasi.

“He mustn’t let someone else decide when he is to retire. He knows how much passion he has for this sport and there are clubs that can still give him the motivation to keep playing,” Tommasi told Tuttomercatoweb.

“There are players who go beyond the jersey and he doesn’t have to feel limited by Roma. After all, he won the World Cup with the Italy shirt.”

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Reports: Veretout to Roma done

Jordan Veretout is on the verge of joining Roma for €17m plus €2m in bonuses, as the Fiorentina man also agreed personal terms at €2.7m per year.

The midfielder had been a strong target for Napoli, Milan and Olympique Lyonnais, but Roma surged in front after the Rossoneri refused to increase their latest bid.

Multiple reports now state the Viola have accepted an offer of €17m plus €2m in add-ons.

Veretout has also agreed personal terms for a five-year contract worth €2.7m per year with another €300,000 bonus for Champions League qualification.

The 26-year-old had been largely left out of training sessions this summer, as he was insulted by Fiorentina fans following his transfer request.

He joined the Tuscans in 2017 at a cost of €7m from Aston Villa, so in two years has more than doubled his transfer value.

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Roma close in on Veretout?

Roma finally appear to be closing in on a deal for Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout, according to reports.

Sky Sport Italia claims Veretout’s agent Mario Giuffredi met Roma officials on Tuesday afternoon with the intention of reaching an agreement.

That was followed by Il Tempo writing the Giallorossi were ‘close’ to a deal with Fiorentina.

The Viola have been demanding €25m for the Frenchman but, as per the newspaper, they could take around €20m from the Lupi.

Milan had also been linked with the 26-year-old, but they have so far only been prepared to offer cash plus Lucas Biglia, who does not interest the Tuscan side.

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Manolas: ‘Napoli the right decision’

Kostas Manolas had “no doubts” that joining Napoli was the right decision, but was enigmatic on his Roma departure. “It’s personal.”

The centre-back made the move last month and arrived at pre-season training over the weekend.

“I found a very good atmosphere and a warm welcome,” said the Greek defender during a Q&A with fans at the Dimaro training ground.

“I won’t tell you the reason I left Roma, as it’s personal. The first call I received about Napoli was from my agent, then the director and the Coach.

“They made me feel secure about my decision and it was clear straight away that they really wanted me in this team. I never had doubts, that’s why I chose Napoli and I am sure I made the right decision.

“I liked watching the way Napoli played and was eager to become a part of it. I’d give anything to win the Scudetto here.

“Carlo Ancelotti is unique for what he’s won throughout his career. I promise that I’ll do everything I can to help the team achieve its targets and aim as high as possible.”

Manolas will form what many consider to be the best central partnership in Serie A with Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Only what happens on the pitch will tell us that. Every time we step out there, we’ll have to give our absolute best. I’ve always told my friends that Kalidou is extremely strong and you can tell he’s humble. He has so much quality both when defending and in possession.

“I am sure we’ll do great things together and can’t wait until he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations. Raul Albiol had so much experience and played at Napoli for many years, but I have no fear in replacing him. After all, Roma purchased me to replace Medhi Benatia. I was born ready.”

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