Roma will be a very different team next campaign. Petrachi is chasing several profiles to reshape a roster that has largely disappointed last season.
He will be the man in charge of the most drastic reconstruction implemented by American ownership. Roma will be a totally different team next campaign. A few players have been traded out and many others will leave the Italian capital before the end of the current transfer window.
The Brazilian midfielder Gerson moved back to his beloved country. Flamengo will pour €11.8m in the accounts of the Lupi. El Shaarawy flew to China to start a new professional adventure there, €16m for the club of Trigoria. By taking into consideration even the recent departures of Ponce and Marcano (€3m + €3m), Roma made about €34m so far. But the real profit that Roma can put on its next financial statements is about €20m.
Whenever we talk in financial terms, we have to take into consideration that Roma is working on the reduction of its operating costs by saving on these players’ salaries as well. Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas‘ exit seems to be key in the process of sustainability and expense management.
Although the negotiation between the Giallorossi and Inter for Edin Dzeko seems to be on hold at this time, the Bosnian striker will likely leave the Italian capital this summer. Petrachi must find another top striker as soon as possible to replace the most important player in Fonseca‘s roster.
The Italian executive is very active and ready to bring many new players in Rome. Spinazzola joined the club of Trigoria in the deal that brought Luca Pellegrini to Juventus. Diawara, instead, is moving close to the Colosseum due to the remunerative Manolas’s deal with Napoli.
Gianluca Mancini should undergo his medicals tomorrow. The almost former defender of Atalanta is a great prospect, a defender who plays for the Italian national team as well. According to several Italian outlets, Jordan Veretout will be the next Roma midfielder. Roma and Fiorentina should be finalizing this deal in the next few hours.
Great moves for the Lupi albeit there’s still much to do to bring Roma back close to the best teams of Serie A. The Giallorossi need another defender. Alderweireld would be perfect for Fonseca’s tactical approach but Tottenham is not willing to reduce his price-tag (about €28m). Marc Bartra has been a serious target for a while but the player may not be ready to follow his former teammate Pau Lopez to Roma.
What the Roma fans are waiting for is a great striker. Although rumors are reporting on a real interest of Roma for Gonzalo Higuain, the Giallorossi are monitoring other profiles as well. The Argentine striker would be an exciting bet but a player like Mertens would be a great pick as well. There are no ongoing negotiations with Napoli for the Belgian star at this time but anything can happen until the end of the current transfer window. Mertens’ contract is set to expire on June 2020 and the Partenopei may be willing to trade him out this summer.
Petrachi is implementing a drastic transformation process. Many players have left and many others will go away from the eternal city soon. The Italian executive wants new players fully committed in this new Roma project. There’s no space for those who are not happy or willing to give 100% for the club.