Roma sign PSG duo Renato Sanches and Paredes

Roma sign PSG duo Renato Sanches and Paredes

Paris St. Germain continues to reorganize its squad, AS Roma its central midfield. On Wednesday, the Giallorossi announced the commitment of world champion Leandro Paredes and ex-Bundesliga professional Renato Sanches in quick succession. While Paredes leaves PSG for a sum in the low single-digit millions, Renato Sanches is initially loaned out – with the chance of more.

Because: As the Roma announced, the agreement with the 25-year-old Portuguese includes a purchase option in the coming summer, which can become a purchase obligation under certain conditions. According to consistent media reports, the sixth-placed in the last Serie A season will have to raise 15 million euros if Renato Sanches comes to a certain number of games – a scenario that all three parties involved should want.

At PSG, Renato Sanche’s joker remained

At PSG, the snappy midfielder, who had been signed by Lille OSC just a year ago, rarely got beyond a joker role due to various muscle injuries. He had previously flourished in Lille after his botched time as a Bayern professional and surprisingly became champion in 2021.

“Renato Sanches is a player we’ve been watching for a long time,” said Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto, who, like Renato Sanches and coach José Mourinho, is Portuguese. “He has the technical and physical qualities that should fit him seamlessly into our midfield and make it even more competitive.”

Paredes returns and is given De Rossi’s number

While Renato Sanches is entering new territory after stints in Portugal, Germany, Wales and France, Paredes already knows Italy – and Roma: The Argentine international was under contract with the capital city club between 2014 and 2017 and was loaned to Juventus Turin last season.

After many joker appearances in 2022/23, the 29-year-old is now hoping for more playing time like Renato Sanches. He signed until 2025 and will wear the shirt number 16, which club legend Daniele De Rossi had worn for years until 2019. “I would never have done it without his permission,” Paredes said.

Roma, who start the new Serie A season against US Salernitana on Sunday, had already signed a central midfielder in free transfer Houssem Aouar (25, Olympique Lyon).

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