Roma accept Diawara in Manolas deal

Reports are growing that Kostas Manolas will join Napoli for €36m with Amadou Diawara going to Roma for €20m in what is a disguised part-exchange deal.

SportItalia, Sky Sport Italia and more are now confident the deal is done and will be completed this week.

Manolas has a €36m release clause, which Napoli refused to pay, insisting they could include a player in part-exchange.

At first, the Giallorossi were reticent, but it seems they were convinced to accept around €20m cash plus Diawara.

As suggested by Alfredo Pedullà of SportItalia last night, the two deals are going to look separate on paper, but are to all intents and purposes the same transfer.

This will allow Roma to show the Manolas profit before the end of the financial year on June 30 and the purchase of Diawara moved on to the 2019-20 books.

Sky Sport Italia claim Roma have agreed to purchase Diawara for €18m plus €2m in bonuses, whereas Manolas will show up as a sale to Napoli for €34m plus €2m in bonuses going to the player.

Manolas will form a new superstar centre-back partnership with Kalidou Koulibaly at the Stadio San Paolo.

The Greek international is believed to have worked out a contract worth €3.5m per year plus €1m in bonuses.

Diawara’s agents will meet with Roma on Thursday morning to work out the details of his salary, then the transfer can go through.