Deal looks to be agreed for Kluivert now, €15m and an additional €5m in bonuses along with a % of sale fee.
I think it’s a great signing, he’s highly thought of and it’s a very reasonable fee. We beat a lot of competition to get him.
We’ve been very busy so far, we’ve four players effectively in now and I don’t think it will be near completion. We will definitely be letting some midfielders go. I think Monchi intends to bring the age of the squad down. We’ll be selling a few players to balance the books though. Strootman and/or Nainggolan could go. Strootman is a very functional but limited player and if we get an offer around €40m we should let him go. Nainggolan looks to be in decline but he’s been our main man over the last 3 seasons and I’d like to keep him but if we had an offer of around €40m we’d again have to listen.
We could also lose Pellegrini, he has a release clause of €25m and is attracting interest from Juventus and abroad. I’d really hate to lose him as he is going to be a quality midfielder and although he didn’t set the world alight last year, he has it in him to be a super player for Roma.
Bruno Peres and Juan Jesus look like they are on the way out with Torino and Besiktas in for them.
We’re being linked with a host of other players including Berardi and Ziyech.
I think the club will also try and move Defrel on and it might be good to get Gerson on loan to a Serie A side this year.