Typically, our Sunday round-ups start with some variation of "It's been a wild week, so let's get you caught up." But with Roma's transfer market at a veritable standstill for the past month, the rumor mill has been anything but wild. Tedious. Inactive. Dull. Monotonous. Uninspiring. Choose whatever SAT word you prefer. This summer's transfer market has been a snooze.
But, with only two weeks before the season begins, Roma is starting to feel the pressure. The depth and breadth of the rumors may be lacking, but there have been several important updates over the past few days, so let's get you caught up!
Saudi Offer for Ibañez Could Reach €35 Million
Roger #Ibanez is one step away to #AlAhli from #ASRoma for €25M + 10M as bonuses. #Roma are ready to give their green light to the sale. Agreement in principle between the brazilian centre-back and Saudi club. Last details. #Atalanta will receive 10% on the sale. #transfers https://t.co/XrPXa5hbeo— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) August 6, 2023
Saudi side Al-Ahli was late to the Ibañez party, but, in case you hadn't noticed this summer when that Saudi money enters the picture, everything else fades away. While Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa were linked to Roma's 24-year-old center-back, Al-Ahli appears poised to blow them out of the water.
No, it's not a fifty or sixty million Euro offer. Still, with €25 million up front and an additional €10 million in bonuses, Roma can net a healthy profit on the talented but inconsistent Brazilian defender.
Marko Arnautovic Says Yes to Roma
From Alvaro Morata to Gianluca Scamacca to Mauro Icardi to Wout Weghourst, Roma has been connected to virtually every two-bit striker under the sun this summer. While the Giallorossi swung and missed on a few of those names, it appears they have settled on a consolation prize: Bologna's 34-year-old Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, Arnautovic, tempted by the prospect of playing in the Europa League, has consented to a Roma transfer. But there's one small problem: Roma has offered €3.5 million while Bologna insists on €10 million.
With precious little time before the season begins and no other viable options at hand, Tiago Pinto may have no choice but to raise Roma's offer.
Marcos Leonardo Saga Drags On
Not many of us had even heard of Marcos Leonardo a week ago, but the 20-year-old Santos forward has become Roma's greatest object of affection. While the two sides seemingly struck a deal last week, Santos director (and former Roma player) Falcao faced a maelstrom of criticism from his fanbase, who perceived Roma's €10 million plus bonuses offer to be a slap in the face—and their complaints were strong enough to force Falcao out of his job.
With Roma set to begin the season against Salernitana two weeks from today, the Corriere dello Sport offers a mini-update. The Giallorossi have reportedly upped their offer to €11 million up front with an additional €7 million in bonuses. However, the sticking point is not the amount (for now) but rather when the payments will begin. Roma is trying to delay the first installment until early 2024, while Santos, naturally, wants the money as soon as possible.
Gianluca Di Marzio adds that Leonardo, via his agents, is pushing hard for the move to Roma and is hopeful that progress can be made in the next few days.
Rennes Reaching for Matic
This is a strange one. Nemanja Matic and José Mourinho have practically been connected at the hip throughout their respective careers, but over the weekend, the 35-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Ligue 1 club Rennes. The fans were further flamed when Matic was left off the squad list for today's friendly against Toulouse.
But fear not; the club was quick to note that Matic was left behind to recuperate from a minor injury.
They call it silly season for a reason. But fear not; it's almost over... we hope.