Despite being left off Roberto Mancini's Italy squad for this month's Euro 2020, it may not be all bad news this week for Roma defender Gianluca Mancini. A surprising omission from the Azzurri squad, the 25-year-old Mancini was forced to swallow a bitter pill earlier this week when he was one of Roberto Mancini's final cuts, ostensibly losing his place to Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi, though we can certainly question the wisdom of including not one but two aging Juventus defenders in the form of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
If you've ever been the last cut from any sports team, you know it takes an awful lot to remove that sting, but Gianluca Mancini may soon have several million new reasons to turn that frown upside down. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma are prepping a new deal for Mancini, one that would bind the young center-back to the capital club through 2025.
While Mancini's current deal runs through 2024, the Gazzetta reasons that tacking on an additional year and possibly doubling his current salary (€1.6 million) with a release clause in the neighborhood of €40 million could buy Roma and Mancini some short-term certainty, particularly with Premiership interest in Mancini on the rise.
When taken with the earlier extensions given to Rick Karsdorp and Roger Ibañez, tying Mancini to the capital through the middle 2020s should give the Giallorossi some sorely needed continuity at the back.
Signing a new deal and doubling his salary won't completely remove the sting of missing out on this summer's Euros, but it's a nice consolation prize and a sign from the club that Mancini remains firmly in their plans for the future.