If there is one thing that Roma have consistently done in the transfer market over the last few years, it is make extensive changes to their defence every summer.
This trend is set to continue this year as well, with Morgan De Sanctis, Bogdan Lobont, Maicon, Wojciech Szczesny and Lucas Digne all already out the door at Trigoria (the former three after their contracts expired, the latter two after their loans were not made permanent). There is still a possibility that Szczesny may return on another year’s loan, but if not then Alisson has already been brought in from Internacional.
There is no certainty about who will be playing in front of him next season though; Kostas Manolas is the only guarantee, as Roma are actively searching for a more natural right back than Alessandro Florenzi, a replacement for the injured Antonio Rudiger and anyone at all to play left back.
The most likely candidate for right back is Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta (negotiations are ongoing with City, who are holding out for €5m following Roma’s initial €3.5m bid), while Martin Caceres (available on a free transfer) and Thomas Vermaelen can both play centrally and at full back. Mario Rui is expected to complete his transfer from Empoli this week, while Roma have already signed young left back Moustapha Seck on a free transfer from Lazio.
They are the latest in a long line of first team defenders who have come and gone since Walter Sabatini took on the role of sporting director in 2011 – the full list is below.
Simon Kjaer (loan)
John Arne Riise
Philippe Mexes (released)
Simone Loria (released)
Ivan Piris (loan)
Marquinhos (loan, signed permanently)
Aleandro Rosi (released)
Gabriel Heinze (released)
Jose Angel (loan)
Simon Kjaer (end of loan)
Rafael Toloi (loan)
Ivan Piris (end of loan)
Jose Angel (loan)
Davide Astori (loan)
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (loan, signed permanently)
Nicolas Spolli (loan)
Alessio Romagnoli (loan)
Dodo (loan, signed permanently)
Rafael Toloi (end of loan)
Tin Jedvaj (loan, signed permanently)
Urby Emanuelson (loan)
Antonio Rudiger (loan, signed permanently)
Emerson Palmieri (loan)
Ervin Zukanovic (loan, signed permanently)
Lucas Digne (loan)
Norbert Gyomber (loan, signed permanently)
Ashley Cole (contract terminated)
Davide Astori (end of loan)
Federico Balzaretti (retired)
Urby Emanuelson (released)