Although there is still a long way to go this season, Roma are already preparing for next term in the transfer market – and according to La Repubblica the squad may be rejuvenated (in the real sense of the word) this summer.
This article by Matteo Pinci first appeared here in La Repubblica
Totti is 39 years old. Behind him, De Sanctis 38, Lobont the same, Keita 36, Maicon 34, De Rossi 32, Torosidis 30, and Dzeko will celebrate his 30th in March. A small army of players over 30 who make up, the two goalkeepers aside, some of the starters in every position, and are tied to the club with expensive contracts. Struggling due to the age of some of the team’s protagonists is almost inevitable.
The renewal of the squad began in the winter with Cole’s departure, but others could leave at the end of the season: Lobont and De Sanctis, like Keita, will be out of contract. Maicon’s deal will be renewed if he plays at least 70% of the minutes of 20 official games (he still needs to play at least 63 minutes in 12 games), but at this point it looks like he could also end his time at Roma in the summer.
Torosidis isn’t out of contract but he is among those who are expendable. It’s obviously a different debate for Totti; he is actually among the players who are out of contract on 30th June, but as soon as Pallotta returns to Rome – maybe for the game against Real Madrid – he will speak with the captain personally to find a solution.
Most of the players who will replace those who are leaving are young kids. Roma will set out next season with 4-5 new players who have already officially joined – or are in the process of joining – and who have an average age of under 22.
Gerson, born in 1997, has already been signed for the midfield. A young star who Spalletti has already been able to evaluate in training. Goalkeeper Alisson, 23 years old, will also arrive – another young player who is destined to form part of the first team. And despite having another year on his loan deal with Empoli, Skorupski could return from his loan in Tuscany where he has improved a lot by playing regularly this season.
The star of 21 year old Argentine Paredes has also started to shine again in Tuscany, who will be the other reinforcement for the midfield (unless a ridiculous offer convinces Sabatini to sell him). He is ready to wear the Giallorosso shirt again next season, as Spalletti has said. “He could come back, Giampaolo has told me good things about him.” Together with El Shaarawy – 23 years old – who will continue to try to convince Roma to sign him permanently.
In addition, the 19 year olds Nura and Sadiq will be more involved than they are now, effectively coming into the picture for the starting XI. It’s less likely that Sanabria will stay at Trigoria, who wants to keep playing in Spain. In any case, the future, for Roma, is just around the corner.