The Giallorossi made significant sales to cope with the financial fair play. UEFA is now satisfied, but the Roma fans are waiting for great acquisitions.
Kostas Manolas and Luca Pellegrini reportedly brought €58 million into the Roma coffers. Although the club of Trigoria is committed to paying €29.5 million for Leonardo Spinazzola, we can definitely say that the first part of the mission is complete!
In order to cope with the financial fair play regulations that UEFA is strictly enforcing year after year, the Giallorossi had to trade the Greek defender and the talented Italian out. Two big losses for the Lupi albeit Spinazzola is a great pick from Juventus.
It’s the moment to change gears though. Roma is now free to chase important players to strengthen Paulo Fonseca‘s roster. The Portuguese coach is very focused on his new professional adventure. He wants to build a competitive team able to play attractive football. But the new sporting director of the Lupi has a very difficult task. Petrachi must find the right players for the new Roma coach but also experienced professionals able to drag the group.
Roma needs leaders on and off the pitch after the departure of Daniele De Rossi and the probable absence of Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian star should move to Inter soon albeit this deal seems to be on hold at the moment. Kolarov, instead, could be ready to play in the Italian capital for one more year (his contract expires in 2020).
But the name that would make the Roma fans happy is Nicolò Barella. Reportedly, Inter should have another meeting with Cagliari tomorrow but the Nerazzurri are not willing to match the offer of the Giallorossi. According to several Italian outlets, Roma offered €35 million + Defrel to Cagliari. Therefore, the Lupi value the Italian midfielder about €50m.
But the Giallorossi are also screening the market for a top striker. According to Higuain‘s brother, the Argentine striker firmly wants to stay at Juventus. Some still talk about Mauro Icardi as a possible option for Roma albeit his wage is astronomical. Dries Mertens, instead, could be the best option for Fonseca’s tactical approach. The contract of the Belgian star will expire in 2020 and unless he decides to renew his commitment to the Partenopei, he will be traded out this summer.
Roma needs to change gears from now on, especially if the club of the eternal city wants to be competitive next campaign.