Roma have managed to accumulate a small fortune through savings made on the wage bill, which could have a big impact later on, particularly with regard to Financial Fair Play regulations. This figure is worth around €32.5m gross profit, which is the amount Roma have managed to make through player departures (sales or players leaving at the end of their contracts) even after taking into account player acquisitions.
The premise of this calculation is that it should be based on gross figures, because the savings made on the wage bill are inclusive of tax, however the calculation doesn’t take into account bonuses but is based instead purely on the fixed base salary.
Compared to last season, some players who earned considerable amounts have now left, such as Pjanic (€3.2m net) and Doumbia (€3m), as well as Castan (€2.6m, although Roma are contributing around €500,000 towards his wages at Sampdoria), Digne (€2.5m) and Ljajic (€1.8m). Cole (€2.3m) had already packed his bags in January, and a number of players followed him out of the door in the summer when their contracts weren’t renewed: De Sanctis and Maicon (both €1.5m), Keita and Ucan (€1m each).
Then there were the sales of Iago Falque and Zukanovic (both earned €1.2m) and also Sanabria (€0.5m). Add to that the Szczesny situation, where Roma paid just €1m of the Polish goalkeeper’s total €3m salary. On the other hand, the Giallorossi have brought in Juan Jesus (€2.2m), Alisson (€1.6m), Gerson (€1.2m), Mario Rui (€0.9m) and the youngster Seck (€0.2m).
In total, therefore, Roma have taken €24.3m off of their wage bill, adding €6.1m, making the total savings €18.2m. These net figures when calculated as gross figures take the total to €33.4m saved by the Giallorossi, although the €500,000 contribution for Castan (around 20% of his total wages) should be taken into account meaning that the gross total is reduced slightly to around €32.5m. Essentially, the price of Pjanic, who Juventus paid €32m for.
So, taking these accounts into consideration, it could be said that the transfers made so far in this transfer window will allow Roma to bring in their own Pjanic in the future – at least from an accounting point of view. But really, considering that the club will need to be breaking even by 2018 in accordance with the agreements drawn up with UEFA, it’s a good starting point for next season’s accounts. But when new signings are brought in, the situation will change yet again…
This article is a translation – the original was written by Andrea Pugliese for La Gazzetta dello Sport.