Reportedly, Roma is negotiating Nainggolan’s exit with a Chinese club. Is this an apocalyptic choice?
The transfer market is exciting especially when your team is chasing great footballers to strengthen the roster. The opposite is true when your beloved club is often willing to trade them out. The Roma fans are, once more, facing a difficult reality. Is Roma’s trading strategy right to reach sustainability and successes?
Today’s news left the Roman environment doubtful. According to Italian outlet ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’, the richest club in China, Guangzhou Evergrande, is ready to make a bid for the Belgian star. Reportedly, the Roma management is carefully assessing the feasibility of this deal. Meantime, ‘Sky Italia’ also reported that Beijing would be interested in purchasing the Roma midfielder as well. Monchi has not received official offers. The so-called ‘Luxury Tax’ seems to be the main obstacle that Chinese clubs are facing to complete their business operations. According to this tax implemented by the Chinese government, Chinese investors willing to make acquisitions abroad would be required to pay a huge sum to the government itself. In light of that, Radja Nainggolan could be paid €50 million to Roma but extra €40m should go to the government. According to various Italian newspapers, contacts between the Roma management and club’s emissaries went on and on since last Friday. The previously mentioned ‘Luxury Tax’ is the legal loophole that is blocking the negotiation at this time.
This situation sounds weird to me but I still believe that Nainggolan’s possible departure from the Italian capital is not a threat to the ambitions of the club. Although I cannot believe that such a the top Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande wasn’t aware of the luxury tax imposed by the Chinese government, I would like to analyze this negotiation from different angles. This is the only way to understand if Roma is making a huge mistake by trading out Nainggolan or if Monchi could pull out various rabbits from the hat improving the situation of the club at 360 degrees.
Nowadays, due to the ongoing amortization, Nainggolan’s value on the Roma accounts is approximately of €7.2m. The club is currently struggling with the financial fair plays. By selling the Belgian midfielder for €50m the giallorossi would be able to reach a necessary financial balance. This injection of money would be useful to improve the roster as well. The Lupi would be in a position to reinvest capital in the January transfer market to satisfy Di Francesco.
Although last July Radja Nainggolan had renewed his contract with Roma until 2021, the Chinese offer seems to be irrefutable for the player. The club coached by former Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro would be willing to offer €12 million to the midfielder, three times what he is currently earning in the Italian capital.
Analyzing the situation from a purely financial point of view, the sale of the midfielder would also be necessary given his age (29). However, according to CIES Football Observatory, Nainggolan’s current value is €77m. Therefore, Roma could even try to raise the bar by exploiting the economic strength of the Chinese club consequently banking a fat profit.
Talking about tactical aspects, the departure of the Belgian star could be bloody but at the same time not a threat to the club’s ambition. As we noted last December, the performances of Di Francesco’s team collapsed due to a lack of creativity in midfield. Roma could, therefore, replace the 29-year-old with a proper playmaker capable of giving inventiveness and unpredictability to the team. A perfect player could be Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira, a 21-year-old elf very similar to a player still in the hearts of the fans, David Pizarro. Undoubtedly, Nainggolan provides an unparalleled competitive ferocity but also questionable behaviors that have shaken the environment often.
Roma is in the moment to make a decisive choice for the continuation of the season and for the structural definition of its future. Nainggolan’s possible departure cannot be considered a threat but a pivotal moment that could stabilize the situation of this club from financial and behavioral standpoints giving new life to strategies for growth and sustainability.