By Scot Munroe
The 2015/16 season will be Rudi Garcia toughest in charge of Roma, this will be the Frenchman third season in charge of the capital side and he could have a battle on his hands for the top two spot. Roma returned to training at Trigoria on Sunday for the start of the pre-season before the kick of the 2015-16 season in mid-August, ready to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.
Roma have made early singings in the transfer window by buying the remaining rights of Radja Nainggolan, the loan deal for Victor Ibarbo for another year and the loan signing of Iago Falque from Genoa which will be made permanent after 1 game. Also the club has welcomed back Kevin Strootman and Leandro Castan who missed the majority of the season with knee injury and a brain injury. This will be like two singings for the club and will be rejuvenated with the two players coming back.
Both Milan based clubs have spent big to bolster both of their squads to push on for the top three and for European football which both clubs crave. AC Milan new owner Bee Taechaubol has flashed the cash and have assembled a strong squad. Roma targets Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano have been brought in from Sevilla and Shakthar Donestk, Andrea Bertolacci was brought from Roma after the co-ownership between Genoa and Roma was resolved.
The Black and blue side of Milan have done their best to outdo the rivals in arrivals at the San Siro. Inter won the wore from Milan to sign French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco and that was a statement signing from Inter. Martyn Montoya and Miranda were brought in to bolster the defence situation along with Colombian defender Jeison Murillo from Granada.
With these two clubs spending to challenge for the top three and European football, hopefully this will make Roma hierarchy pull their finger out and reinvest money into the squad and buy quality players to bolster the squad to challenge for the top two or even for the 4th Scudetto which has been missing since 2001.
Roma have been linked with a load of players and the main targets need to strengthen the team is a goalkeeper, two full backs and a striker. Two full backs in question are Bruno Peres from Torino and Augsburg Baba Rehman who has been linked with Chelsea and the club face a battle for his signature. Sergio Romero has been recently linked with Roma during the Copa America on a free transfer. Petr Cech and Samir Handanovic has also been linked but Cech has moved to Arsenal and Handanovic has remained for Inter.
The striker position has been a problem at Roma for a few years now and Roma need a proper no 9 leading the line. Roma has been linked with a plethora of strikers ranging from Carlos Bacca, Ciro Immobile, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luiz Adriano and Eden Dzeko. Failed attempts for Bacca and Luiz Adriano have joined rivals AC Milan, Roma to reports in the press looked to Eden Dzeko to lead the line via the Guardian sport website that Roma have bid £14.1m for the Bosnian services.
With all the potential incomings, Roma need to trim down the squad and get rid of the deadwood in the squad. Jose Holebas looks set to join Watford, Mattia Destro, Gervinho and Seydou Doumbia have been rumoured to leave and the first two have had deals with other clubs fallen through. If Roma can get good money for the three in question they can reinvest the money properly in the squad.
If Roma don’t start well in the 2015/16 and fall behind their rivals for the top two it could spell trouble for the club and Rudi Garcia and even Walter Sabatini could feel the brunt of the trouble.