Manolas-Diawara swap nears completion as Petrachi meets agent of replacement

Kostas Manolas’ proposed move from Roma to Napoli is virtually complete, with Amadou Diawara set to head the other way.

Manolas is set to be sacrificed so that Roma can balance the books, which will bring an end to his five-year stay with the club.

The Greek defender has made more than 200 appearances in that time, and is perhaps best remembered for scoring the goal which completed Roma’s extraordinary comeback against Barcelona in the 2017-18 Champions League.

Sky Sport‘s Fabrizio Romano revealed yesterday that the operation to send Manolas to Naples is complete, with Roma earning €34m from the transfer.

Meanwhile, Diawara will join Roma for €18m plus €2m in bonuses, having been requested by new head coach Paulo Fonseca.

Gianluca Petrachi has worked quickly to find Manolas’ replacement, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Roma’s new sporting director has had lunch with the agent of Real Betis’ Marc Bartra today in view of a potential move.

Bartra, who has experience playing for Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund under his belt, would cost around €20m.

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