The Tony Sanabria transfer saga is a mess. It was exactly the same when he left Barcelona for Sassoulo, and benefit of the doubt is wearing thin.
Sanabria was heavily linked strongly with several clubs, and ended up signing for Sassuolo in the January 2014 window, but moved to AS Roma the following July.
A year later, after failing to make an impact on the first team squad, Sanabria moved to Sporting Gijon on loan, where he did much better… hence the interest.
Clubs appear to be being played off against each other and that’s resulting in AS Roma believing there’s a bigger battle going on than perhaps there is, and therefore hiking the price up.
Local Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo say that Betis have been told there’s a €15m asking price, and at that price they’re not interested. Tottenham are said to have put €11m (just over £9m at today’s rates) on the table, which hasn’t pleased Roma, but is the best offer so far.
There’s lots of noise of interest, but this has now been dragging on for weeks and we’re not even certain the €11m claim is watertight.
Local Roma website Giallorossi says that for Roma to go through with their own transfer plans, the sale of Sanabria is required, with only Tottenham and Betis mentioned.
So Roma have power in that there’s supposed to be great desire for Sanabria, but Tottenham have power too. Betis don’t want to go to €15m, or near enough, and unless someone else comes in, Daniel Levy should be able to turn the screw.
But, once more, where Sanabria sagas are concerned everything should be taken with a pinch of salt.