Roma Fail To Add To Squad On Transfer Deadline Day Following Low-Cost Summer Recruitment

Roma closed their business for the summer transfer window with a sign saying ‘low costs’: on the final day of business they didn’t bring in any signings, only allowing Sadiq and Torosidis to leave – both for Bologna – as well as Vainqueur, who has gone to France. The Giallorossi’s summer wasn’t filled with excitement, as Roma decided to invest the majority of their resources in signing those players who had been on loan last season permanently, given that they had options and obligations to buy hanging over them, but thanks to the departures, sales, loans and contract expirations they will be able to breathe easier over their bank balance: the total impact of the last 2 months of negotiations brings a financial profit of over €50m.

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Having decided to sign Rudiger, El Shaarawy, Gyomber, Sadiq and Nura, Roma were only able to sign one player on a permanent deal: the goalkeeper Alisson for €8m from Brazil. The other signings all came on loans, with either obligations or options to buy: in a year’s time, exactly the same scene will play out at Trigoria as this year – especially so given the failure to qualify for the Champions League will have an impact on future transfers.

Together with Alisson, arriving in the capital (on loan) this summer were Mario Rui (for €3m), Juan Jesus (€2m), Fazio (€1.2m), Vermaelen (free), Szczesny (€1m) and Bruno Peres (€1m). Many of them will be signed permanently at the end of the season or, as has happened previously in such cases as Perotti and Dzeko, Roma could be forced to settle their accounts before June 2017.

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By making these banal additions, James Pallotta’s club have spent €36.5m in this transfer window on permanent signings and another €8.2m to pay for loans: a total of €44.7m. By virtue of the many loans which will have impact on the 2017/18 season’s finances when these players will need to be signed permanently, the incoming transfers will have a total worth of €31.5m taking into account the amortisation, loan fees and estimated wages of the players who weren’t part of the squad on 30th June 2015.

The balance between incomings and outgoings says +€13m, but this value isn’t very indicative of the final accounts. Roma may have only sold Pjanic to Juventus for €32m, Ljajic to Torino for €9m, Sanabria to Betis for €7.5m and Politano to Sassuolo to €3.5m, but there are many players who have left on loan or due to their contracts expiring. Thanks in part to them, the club are able to present a total balance of +€87m from outgoing players. This is all down to the four players sold at a profit, as well as the savings on wages made as a result – headed by those of Castan, Maicon and De Sanctis.

This article is a translation – the original was written by Michele Chicco for Calcio e Finanza.

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