Roma Sporting Director Monchi spoke to Sky Sport about the current transfer market and his way to work. The Spaniard believes that players’ costs have risen too much in recent years.
He is a skilled professional able to discover talented players around the world. He has honed his trading qualities at Sevilla and now he wants to bring to Roma top-quality players. But the budget must always be taken into consideration. The giallorossi are not an exception, all clubs have to follow the financial fair play strictly.
Monchi deeply believes his strategy will bring trophies in the Italian capital as well. The process is not easy but, according to the Spaniard, Roma are a role model.
“I’ve always said that I work with Excel. I never forget the numbers. The overall budget available can change. We might receive a €200 million offer for Lorenzo Serafini (an AS Roma press officer) in January and they take him away. The budget is not fixed. We know that there is always some risk,” said Monchi to Sky Sport. “I work close to both the finance and marketing director.”
Football fans are not aware of the overhead costs of a deal. But the Roma Sporting Director has clarified that “it should not be taken into account only how much we can spend. We could purchase a player for €20 million. But his salary is important as well. It’s a global situation.”
Football players have really high evaluation nowadays. Monchi firmly believes that their current prices are a little crazy. “Before arriving here, the most expensive purchase I made was Vazquez at €15 million. If you look at the players I traded out, the most expensive was Dani Alves for €42m. Here, instead, I sold Salah for €50m, Radja for €40m, Alisson, Ruediger for €40m. The costs of the players went up. It is a little crazy.”