Roma Left Frustrated After Missing Out On Signing Jack Wilshere On Deadline Day

The sound of the end of the transfer window has rung hollow at Roma, primarily due to the impossibility at the very end of giving Spalletti one more signing to complete his squad. They didn’t achieve their aim of getting a midfielder in as they risked leaving it until the very last hours of the window. Just before the end, Roma made it known that talks had broken down with Arsenal for Wilshere, who was the sporting director’s number one choice to replace Vainqueur, whose departure had been planned for some time and who had finally left that afternoon for Marseille (who will cover all the Frenchman’s salary) on loan with an option to buy.

The situation left the coach feeling somewhat bitter as he waited for further news on the players Sabatini had identified as options to complete the midfield. Letting the backup options of Belhanda, Grenier and Rincon fall to one side, during the afternoon the sporting director tried to speed things up for the English midfielder, as the talks were being held up more by the lack of agreement between the clubs on terms (the form of transfer and how his salary of €3.5m net would be split) than on the logistical difficulties of the player leaving London. Both factors combined though led the player to accept the option of staying in England with Bournemeouth a few hours later.

As a result, it became increasingly difficult to reopen talks at the last minute for Belhanda (Dynamo Kiev’s demands were too high) and Rincon, as Genoa president Preziosi refused to budge on his €10m valuation. With the impossibility (primarily due to time constraints) of concluding a major transfer, Roma closed their transfer window to the mutual dissatisfaction of Spalletti (who was expecting another signing) and Sabatini, who was disappointed not to have completed the deal for Wilshere.

So while they wait for Rudiger and Mario Rui to return from their long-term injuries, the Giallorossi will cope with Vainqueur’s departure by making the most of the versatility of Florenzi, who can also be used as a winger when they are rotated. After coming very close to signing on loan for Lyon, Iturbe will stay with the squad as the club decided to send out Ricci instead to get experience in his first real taste of Serie A. He signed on loan for Sassuolo with an option to buy and a counter-option for Roma.

There are therefore 8 new faces at the club following the transfer winow: excluding the Brazilians Alisson and Gerson (whose transfers were actually finalised last season), Roma kept their attack as it was as they preferred to put all their efforts into reinforcing the defence and revamped it by bringing in Vermaelen, Juan Jesus, Fazio, Bruno Peres, Mario Rui and Seck. There were a lot of players who left as well: Pjanic, Sanabria and Torosidis (who signed for Bologna last night), Ljajic, Politano and Pettinari left on permanent deals, while Vainqueur, Iago Falque, Castan, Zukanovic, Doumbia, Sadiq (who also left for Bologna on loan with an option to buy and a counter-option) and Piscitella will all be re-evaluated next summer after their loan deals. The following Primavera players all also left on loan: Ponce, Verde, Balasa, D’Urso, Di Livio, Casasola, Machin, Capradossi, Golubovic, Omic and Rares.

The final accounts should ease the burden that Financial Fair Play has placed on Roma, who are preparing themselves for another meeting with UEFA in October with the hope that they will be within the parameters demanded of them. The only item remaining now is the future of Sabatini: before the mid-season transfer window in January, the sporting director will discuss with Pallotta whether or not to extend his contract, which expires next June.

This article is a translation – the original was written by Adriano Serafini for Il Tempo.

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