Since the advent of the American ownership AS Roma decided to implement a profitable strategy. Sabatini always looks forward to young and promising future champions. The giallorossi are raking the market pursing the best talents.
AS Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is clearly a man who knows how to navigate in the dangerous waters of the transfer market. James Pallotta and the former general director Baldini decided to give Sabatini the key of the AS Roma transfer market and the expert professional wisely managed the task. Walter Sabatini established a proficient group of collaborators spreading them everywhere in the world with just one objective…to find and monitor the best young talent on the market. He especially focused his attention towards South America, a country that he loves and stimulate his unconditioned passion for football.
I remember one day, right at the beginning of Sabatini’s adventure at AS Roma, when in a press conference the expert sporting director stated:
“The American ownership brought me here to discover and pursue talents, not to negotiate acclaimed stars.
He was honest because the AS Roma strategy is that of pursuing the best youngster on the market, let them play and eventually, if their price-tag reaches unbelievable peaks, re-sell them. Honestly I have to say that in the last period this trend has been slightly modified. The giallorossi also pursued great stars and/or mid-age players with experience but only to let the team be immediately competitive and able to qualify for the Champions League. The recent deal for Dzeko and Salah as well as the previous signing of Maicon, Cole and Doumbia are there to witness that the AS Roma management is hungry for glory and happy to cash in when the talents mature.
Let’s go ahead with our strategy: “We need young and promising future champions“…this seems to have been the order given by the Bostonian investor to the expert Sabatini. The sporting director is happy and willing to implement the strategy.
Erik Lamela, Marquinhos, Ponce, and Gerson are deals that are there to highlight the AS Roma way to conceive football. Buy low and sell high is a financial dogma that Pallotta & co deeply love and to which the AS Roma supporters have to cope now and in the future. Great profits were made from Lamela’s deal with Tottenham, Marquinho’s deal with PSG as well as with the more experienced Mehdi Benatia that was pursued for €13M from Udinese and sold for €28 to Bayern Munich in 2014-15.
Today we had confirmation of another one of Sabatini’s deals, the one for Emerson Palmieri. The young and talented left-back was pursued from Santos even if he played one season at Palermo. In the 2014-15 Serie A Palmieri didn’t play much, just 9 appearances with the rosanero from Sicily and he was not involved in the match for 90 minutes. 192 minutes played in the Italian league can not give us the feeling of having an experienced and talented player in front of us but, once again, we have to trust Sabatini’s knowledge of football and passion for the South American players. Palmieri seems to be a good deal for the future, also because he posses a EU passport which is a rare and useful commodity to respect the limit of non-EU players imposed by the Italian football federation.
Walter Sabatini is in love with South America, the AS Roma president and management are in love with making profit deals and the supporters are in love with their team…I believe that these three parties can get along, especially when the giallorossi will be able to win trophies thanks to these strategies.