Monchi says Roma will never go back in for Malcom, Genoa rate Krzysztof Piatek at €70m and that Daniele Rugani and Hector Herrera are ‘impossible’ to sign.
Malcom infamously turned his back on Roma to join Barcelona last summer, while Piatek, Rugani and Herrera have all been linked with the Giallorossi this season.
“Piatek? It would be possible if they didn’t ask for €70m,” continued their sporting director to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For me he’s a good player, but he plays for Genoa. Tonali’s one of the best youngsters in Italian football, but I could say the same about Barella.
“[Gianluca] Mancini? Right now it’s impossible, but in the summer it’s different. Rugani? Impossible, Juventus rejected a €40m bid from Chelsea and we can’t spend so much on a central defender.
“Thiago Mendes? Impossible. Ziyech and Belotti? I like them both. Bennacer? We like him, but we’ll talk about him in June. Dendocker and Ozyakup? Impossible, just like Herrera.
“Malcom? No. When you’re the sporting director of a club, you must understand that you also represent the hearts and feelings of the fans.
“He played Roma and I care about the club’s image.”
Finally, would Monchi take Kylian Mbappe or Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain?
“Mbappe because he’s younger and stronger,” he concluded.