The Italian coach and the Roma sporting director Monchi implemented a technical overhaul this summer.
There are two ways to do business in football. The first is by consolidating the roster in order to create a terrific team spirit to reach objectives. The second, instead, is by changing many players on a yearly basis to bring into the roster top professionals and rising stars excited and motivated to start a new adventure.
In the last few years, Roma are definitely following the massive trading strategy path.
The finances of the club have improved thanks to the economic strategies put in place by President James Pallotta and his past and current sporting directors, Sabatini and Monchi.
Although the Spaniard has total authority on the transfer market, it’s clear that a good sporting director needs the assistance of his coach to purchase players that fit the coach’s tactical playing style.
Eusebio Di Francesco, therefore, is responsible for the 2018 summer transfer expenditures as well. The data unveiled by ‘Transfermarkt’ demonstrates that the Italian coach is the 5th manager who spent the most in Europe.
Now that the main transfer blows are over it’s possible to confirm that Juventus is the queen of the summer. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival in Italy has been one of the best purchase ever made by the rich club of Turin.
In light of that, Massimiliano Allegri leads the ‘2018 Transfer Expenditure per Manager‘ ranking ahead of Liverpool FC‘s coach Jurgen Klopp. The German manager purchased 4 players in the past transfer window spending €182 million.
PSG is on the third step of the podium but only because Mbappé‘s acquisition is on the this year’s financial books. In fact, if we do not take into consideration the cost of the French star, PSG would have spent only €37m for Thilo Kehrer, the former Schalke 04 centre-back. The grip of financial fair play seems to have entered into action at those latitudes as well.
Eusebio Di Francesco, instead, is sitting in the 5th position of this ranking. The Italian coach poured €136.6m into the transfer market. Roma completed 13 acquisitions this summer bringing NZonzi, Pastore, and Kluivert in the Italian capital by paying high fees.
2018 Transfer Expenditure per Manager:
1- Allegri (Juventus): 7 purchased players | €256.9m;
2- Klopp (Liverpool FC): 4 purchased players | €182.2m;
3- Tuchel (PSG): 2 purchased players | €172m;
4- Sarri (Chelsea): 2 purchased players | €132m;
5- Di Francesco (Roma): 13 purchased players | €136.6m;
6- Valverde (Barcelona): 4 purchased players | €125.9m.
(Data by transfermarkt.com)