Roma are close to confirming the arrival of their replacement for Kostas Manolas, with Atalanta’s Gianluca Mancini expected to sign soon.
According to Sky Sport‘s Gianluca Di Marzio, new coach Paulo Fonseca has agreed with sporting director Gianluca Petrachi that Mancini is the right man to come in, and contacts with Atalanta will resume within the next day or two.
La Stampa‘s Matteo De Santis claim that the clubs will meet an agreement of a loan with an obligation to buy – similar to the arrangement that brought Bryan Cristante to Roma last summer. The payment of €26m will be spread out over five years.
Previsioni sparse: #Mancini possibile chiusura in 24-48 ore; valutazione complessiva 26 milioni; prestito (occhio al come) con obbligo di riscatto; pagamento in 5 anni; #Marcano verso il #Porto. #ASRoma #calciomercato— Matteo De Santis (@matteodesant) July 9, 2019
Mancini rose to prominence last season, making 35 appearances in all competitions as Atalanta secured a shock Champions League qualification. The 23-year-old was handed his senior Italy debut by namesake Roberto Mancini earlier this year.
If the deal is agreed with the Bergamo side, Mancini could arrive in Rome for his medicals before the end of the week, joining Leonardo Spinazzola, Amadou Diawara and Pau Lopez – who landed in the capital yesterday – as the early signings of the transfer window.
Meanwhile, current Roma defender Ivan Marcano is set to follow Manolas out the exit door by returning to former club Porto.