The giallorossi reach an agreement with Marseille for Kevin Strootman. The numbers justify the business almost finalized.
Although the Roma fans are furious, Kevin Strootman seems to be ready to start a new professional adventure. Eusebio Di Francesco did not summon the player for the next Serie A match against Atalanta, a clear signal that the agreement between Roma and Marseille needs just the final signatures.
Reportedly, the French side is going to pay €28 million for the Holland international (€25m + 3 bonuses). Monchi should have accepted the overall amount for a couple of reasons.
Kevin Strootman is not the same devastating player who landed in the Italian capital on July 16, 2013. After having played for almost 7 months greatly, the midfielder underwent two serious knee surgeries. His long recovery phase affected his performances on the field. Nowadays, many football pundits and Roma fans firmly believe that the rocky Dutch midfielder will never return to an optimal level of efficiency.
The second reason that pushed Roma to trade him out is, of course, economic. The player’s residual depreciation in this season is €6.5 million. If Roma will bank €28m from Marseille the club of Mr. Pallotta will make approximately €22m profits.
On top of the straight amortization and profits, the club is going to save about €3.2m per season on Strootman’s high salary. Last year, the player had signed a contract renewal until 2022 so the overall amount saved is €9.6m.
In light of that said above, the deal between Roma and Marseille seems to be extremely remunerative for the giallorossi. Although Di Francesco will lose a player with a strong character and dedicated to work, the Dutch star never seemed the perfect player for Di Francesco’s tactical scheme. The Italian coach needs midfielders with more dynamism and propensity to attack the space in the offensive phase. Kevin Strootman, instead, is a little more static and inclined to the phase of destruction of the opponent’s plays.
Tomorrow, the player should fly to Marseille to undergo the mandatory medical examinations and to start a new chapter of his life in France.