Roma Looking to Hand Long-Term Contract to Defensive Pillar

After taking care of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Roma have moved onto less pressing contract extensions. The club has begun negotiating with Gianluca Mancini. They aim to lock him up for the long haul and give him a pay raise, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

The first meeting between the parties was positive and laid the foundation. But the parties will have to convene again to reach an agreement. The defender is tied to the club until 2024; therefore, the management is not necessarily in a rush to come to terms.

Mancini has become the leader of the Roma defense in the past two seasons since Chris Smalling has missed a lot of time with injuries. He joined the Giallorossi from Atalanta in a €21M move in 2019. He has accumulated 92 appearances during his time in the Italian Capital, scoring 7 goals.

Considering his excellent performances, Roma are willing to bump up his wages to €3M and tack on two more years to his deal. The defender has been routinely linked to a few top teams such as Inter, Juventus, and Chelsea. However, the talks have never had much traction as the Giallorossi set a high price tag to avoid his departure. With an extension, the front office would make sure that remains the case in the future.

On top of Mancini, Roma will also discuss with Nicolò Zaniolo, Bryan Cristante, and Jordan Veretout. The acquisition of Tammy Abraham raised the ceiling in terms of salary, and a few players are trying to benefit from it.