Manolas to take millions and join Zenit
Kostas Manolas could very well leave Italy for Russia and join Zenit Saint Petersburg after the Greek defender agreed to a “golden” deal with the Russian club.
Since the conclusion of the season, Zenit St. Petersburg have consistently appeared in the transfer gossip surrounding Roma’s Kostas Manolas along with top European clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea. The rumors involving Zenit have been proven true as reports from Italy stated that Manolas has agreed to golden deal with the Russian club and only Roma’s OK stood in the way of his move to Russia.
According to various reports, Manolas has agreed to a 4-year contract with annual earnings of €4 million, a significant increase from his current €1.5 annual wage at Roma.
Earlier today, Roma’s technical director, with the approval of Roma coach and president, met with representatives from Zenit to discuss Manolas’ situation. According to ‘tuttomercatoweb,’ Roma and Zenit have agreed to a €30 million transfer fee that will give Manolas the OK to sign a new deal with Zenit, which would be the most expensive deal ever involving a Greek player.
However, according to sportfm.gr’s Kostas Nikolakopoulos and Sotiris Tambakos, nothing has been officially agreed upon between the two teams. He states that these reports are false as Zenit are offering €30 million but Roma are asking for €35 million, a difference that is not expected to be a deal-breaker when the two sides re-negotiate tomorrow.
Nikolakopoulos also mentions that Manolas’ deal with Zenit is much higher than €4 million a year. He did not include a specific amount as he says that the amount is so high that “no one would believe him.”
Zenit’s administration are looking to rebuild their squad, similar to the one that won the 2008 UEFA Cup and have high hopes for a successful, breakthrough season, The club’s boss is the world-renowned Roberto Mancini, who has personally requested Manolas to be the backbone of his defensive line and it looks like his wishes will come true.