Sassuolo CEO Rejects Russian Offer for Rogerio

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has opened up on the club’s decision to reject a decent-looking bid for outgoing defender Rogerio. In a recent interview, the Neroverdi chief executive explained why the Emilia-Romagna outfit opted against selling the Brazilian to Spartak Moscow.

Rogerio is up for sale as his contract at Sassuolo runs out next summer. Though very few sides have come forward with interest in the 25-year-old, the Italians have received a concrete proposal for their wantaway left-back. Russian giants Spartak have pitched Carnevali with an €8 million offer.

However, Sassuolo won’t be doing business with Russian teams, according to their CEO. They won’t give up on their effort to offload Rogerio. Carnevali is unwilling to let him leave on a free transfer next summer. 

We received €8m bid for Rogerio from Spartak Moscow, but we decided not to negotiate with Russian clubs,” Carnevali said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano. “Rogerio remains on the market as we could lose him on a free transfer in 2024, but we don’t want to make deals with Russian clubs.” 

Rogerio has made 148 appearances for Sassuolo since arriving from Juventus as an up-and-coming talent in 2017. Last season, he accumulated 36 Serie A outings, cementing his place in Alessio Dionisi’s starting lineup.

But his reluctance to renew his contract will likely spell the end of his Sassuolo career in the coming weeks. He was linked with a move to Newcastle United in the past. But that hypothesis is now as good as dead.

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