Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) “We want to win a trophy.” Roma’s ambition, at the start of every season, is always the same, provided that the all-conquering Juventus side of recent years leave something for the other clubs. Of the Giallorossi players who went back to Trigoria yesterday morning for the start of pre-season, and who will be in Pinzolo from today until the 14th, one of the few big names was Diego Perotti. “It will be very hard again this year,” the Argentine said, “although this time we have the advantage of not having to play in the Champions League play-offs. The other teams are organising themselves and will be stronger than in the past. We’ll need new players as well, even though we’re ready to have a great season.” He has complete confidence in Monchi, who signed him for Sevilla. “I’ve known him for 10 years. We’re missing a few players, but I have confidence in him and I know he’ll build a great team. Di Francesco? I haven’t got to know him yet.”
One person who won’t be there is Francesco Totti – he is leaving for another holiday in Ibiza and his future role as a director hasn’t yet been cleared up – with whom Perotti had an excellent understanding on the pitch. “It will be strange not to see him, he was the best, it will be hard to find someone else like him.” The only real new face who will be able to start training immediately – Karsdorp is training separately – is Maxime Gonalons. “It was a bit strange to join another team,” the ex-Lyon captain told RMC Sport – “but I’ve been made to feel very welcome at Roma, and I’m starting to get my bearings. Everything happened very quickly, after I spoke to Di Francesco and Monchi over the phone, I was in no doubt about my decision. They didn’t promise me that I would start every week, but I’ll get good opportunities.”
Meanwhile the club have reached an agreement with Napoli for Mario Rui. The decisive contact came late yesterday evening: a few hours earlier, the Portuguese hadn’t wanted to respond to questions about his future, but he should be able to leave today. Talks between the Giallorossi and De Laurentiis are virtually concluded and, as things stand, Mario Rui won’t leave for Roma’s ritiro at Pinzolo and will go directly to Dimaro for the Partenopei’s pre-season training camp. Monchi will look to use the money received, around €10 million (plus bonuses), on a replacement as Emerson continues to recuperate from injury: yesterday the name most heavily linked was Wendell, Bayer Leverkusen’s 1993-born Brazilian full back, who Inter are also interested in. Up front, the pursuit of Thauvin has gone cold, as he is renewing his contract with Marseille, but Roma have upped their offer for Defrel to €18 million, and they do not intend to raise it any further. Finally, the deal for Foyth, Estudiantes’ central defender, is almost done.