Rui Patricio, Spinazzola and Cristante have contracts expiring in 2024, but already in June it’s the turn of Smalling, Matic, Wijnaldum, El Shaarawy and Belotti. The future of Zalewski and Bove is also to be defined
These are days of reflection for Fulvio Bernardini. If for José Mourinho (who flew to London to spend the weekend with his family) the break will mainly serve to study which defense to deploy against Sampdoria – Ibañez, Mancini, Kumbulla and Cristante are disqualified – and who to entrust with the keys to the right wing after the injury of Karsdorp, for Tiago Pinto the next few weeks will be crucial for planning the future of Rome. There is currently an entire team in Trigoria waiting to know their future. In fact, there are several players who, by the end of the season, will have to meet with the Giallorossi management to renew or re-discuss their contract.
There are three Roma players with contracts expiring in June 2024: Rui Patricio, Leonardo Spinazzola and Bryan Cristante. Negotiations with the blue midfielder have been underway for some time and the renewal until 2027 will be announced in the coming weeks. The Portuguese full-back and the full-back are waiting to know their fate. Negotiations to sign a new agreement have begun with neither of them and – in the coming weeks – Roma will decide what to do. In light of the stringent stakes imposed by UEFA, at least one could be sacrificed on the market to save an important salary.
In June, however, the agreements that bind Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Georginio Wijnaldum, El Shaarawy and Andrea Belotti will expire. The discussion to extend the contract of the English centre-half is in an advanced stage and – after weeks of uncertainty – the white smoke for the two-year period proposed by Pinto seems imminent. Positive sensations also for the Gallo who, after having overtaken Abraham in Mourinho’s hierarchies, could achieve the preparatory objectives to trigger an automatic renewal for another two years: otherwise it will be Roma and decide whether to propose a contract to the former Turin in any case or less. No negotiations started with El Shaarawy: in fact, until the end of May the club can decide whether or not to renew the contract of the class of ’92. Future still uncertain also for Matic and Wijnaldum: in Trigoria they boast an option to automatically renew the Serbian’s agreement but, before signing, the former United wants to understand which competition Roma will participate in next year and – above all – the Mourinho’s plans for the future. Wijnaldum’s loan will also expire at the end of the season: to redeem him, the Friedkins’ club will have to pay 8 million into Paris Saint-Germain’s coffers but, first, the Dutchman will have to agree to reduce his salary from 7 million plus 3 million per season (currently the giallorossi contribute to the salary payment with around 5 million). Few chances of permanence instead for Diego Llorente: arrived on loan last January from Leeds, thinking that Fulvio Bernardini could decide to pay 18.5 million in the homes of the English to redeem it seems unlikely.
There are also Nicola Zalewski and Edoardo Bove among the Romanists who, by the end of the summer, will have to plan their own destiny. Both the midfielder and the winger earn less than 500,000 euros a year and, before making any decision about their future, the situation will have to be re-discussed. Bove has been interested in Sassuolo for some time but, since January, several Serie A clubs have obtained information on the class of 2002. Zalewski, who enjoys the total trust of the Special One, represents a profile that Roma would not want to deprive themselves of but – already since last season – the Pole’s name has been circled in red both in the Premier League (Leicester) and in the Bundesliga. For this reason, before the start of the summer session, it will be necessary to clarify his situation.
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