The future of Renato Sanches at Roma hangs in the balance, with the coming week expected to be decisive. Reports suggest that Sanches, who has been more or less sidelined by Roma, could see his journey with the club coming to a premature end.
Club Director Tiago Pinto is reportedly poised and ready to cut the cord with the player. Besiktas, a Turkish football club, is eager to seize the opportunity and has been making continuous efforts to court Sanches. Negotiations concerning the midfielder, who is currently not nursing any injuries, are ongoing between Turkish officials and Sanches’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
It is of note that Mr. Mendes also manages the interests of Roma’s manager, José Mourinho. Reports indicate that Besiktas have tried just about every method available to pry a “yes” from Sanches.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the club that loaned Sanches to Roma, has reportedly given its blessing for a potential onward case. Fernando Santos, the newly appointed coach of Besiktas, is fond of the midfielder. Santos formerly held the position of Portugal’s national team coach, a team he guided to victory in the European Championship in 2016.
For Sanches to move away from Roma, he needs only to say yes to the proposed deal. The response from Roma has been one of patience, with the club opting for a passive spectator role in the ongoing negotiations.
Roma is keen to utilise the €2 million salary that an exit agreement would save by investing in Çağlar Söyüncü from Atlético Madrid. The player previously played for Leicester in the Premier League and is highly sought after by several top-flight clubs in England.
The future of Sanches at Roma is shrouded in uncertainty, and football enthusiasts are keeping a keen eye on the unfolding situation. On the other hand, PSG, who are currently leading the Ligue 1, have reportedly shown interest in Fernando Llorente.
Roma may find it difficult to let go of its players, especially if they cannot secure the Turkish defender from Spain. N’Dicka is at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Smalling is injured, and Kumbulla is yet to recover from a serious injury, leaving the club’s defensive options thin.