La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) What use is Financial Fair Play if a sheikh can bypass it in no time at all? Or if 5 clubs have already spent over €100m in the transfer market before July has even finished? In a summer that has seen €2.5bn spent on transfers so far, the financial controls that UEFA hoped would prevent clubs spending beyond their means are being stretched to their very limits. The case of Neymar has brought this to the fore once more, as PSG haven’t given up on the €222m youngster; despite Pique’s reassurances, Neymar hasn’t really decided whether or not to stay at Barcelona, or whether to accept the crazy offer made to him by the Parisian sheikhs, made to him for one reason in particular: a ‘payback’, after Barca tried every which way to sign Verratti from them.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Dario Saltari) Monchi’s newest signing for Roma is Cengiz Ünder, a talented but little known player.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese) One seems predestined, having already won 3 scudetti at youth level (Giovanissimi, Allievi and Primavera). The other, meanwhile, has shaped his own destiny, fighting his critics and only being stopped on his upward trajectory by a horrible injury. They both play in the same position – left back – and both have great stamina. But while Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, has been one of the surprises of the pre-season training camp at Pinzolo, Emerson is still anxiously waiting to return to full fitness. In the meantime, Di Francesco has been relying on the young Pellegrini (no relation to Lorenzo, the midfielder who has just been brought back home from Sassuolo). And he will do again later today in the second pre-season friendly, which sees Roma face FC Slovacko, who finished 11th in the Czech league last season, at Pinzolo (16.00 local time, live on Roma TV and the club’s Facebook page).
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) It’s more than a new start, it’s a new era. 6th July 2017 is a historic day all because of one high-profile absentee: after 25 seasons (plus 3 in the youth teams), Totti’s car hasn’t pulled up to the gates of Trigoria. At least for now, because his future will still be at Roma, albeit in another guise. What that may be isn’t clear yet and won’t be until he meets the directors, a meeting that he has preferred to push back: once his new role has been clearly identified, the pre-agreed 6-year contract will be ‘activated’; whether this will happen during the US tour or later remains to be seen. It could be said, however, that Totti has already completed his first task as a ‘director’: 1 month ago he met Mancini in Saint Tropez and the two, who are very close, discussed Manolas and Paredes among other things. In the end, only the Argentine went to Zenit, but Francesco’s ‘recommendation’ will have had its use.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Time passes, but not for him. Goalkeepers come and go, but Roma are not letting go of such a loyal professional. He has witnessed 2 sets of owners, a lengthy takeover process, and an unending line of players, sponsors and directors going in and out, without ever losing his place in the squad. This morning, Bogdan Lobont begins his 9th season at Trigoria: it might be his last as a player, given that his contract (worth €250,000) expires at the end of it, as well as the fact he will be 40 in 2018, but it is likely that general director Baldissoni will ask him to take up another role with the club.
Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) Is a revolution needed or not? At Roma, it’s usually the first option. Whether it’s a question of strategy or of player trading, fans are now all too aware of these phrases. They are part of a vocabulary in modern football that fans like less and less, as they are forced to live in a state of perennial anxiety. Of fear, almost. Because there is always the chance, lurking just around the corner, that the team will lose a key player. Particularly in defence. There was a time when fans would be able to become closely attached to a good player, as there was a high chance that they would see him wearing a Giallorossi shirt for a long time. Think of players like Aldair, Candela, Cafu, Zago, Mexes, Panucci. All very talented defenders, who enjoyed successful spells at Trigoria for long periods of time. They left an indelible mark behind.
Roma are on the verge of completing a deal for Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, which is widely reported to be worth around €5 million. The French international is out of contract next summer, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio he will sign a 4-year contract next week. Roma will pay €5 million in 2 instalments, €3 million this year and €2 million next year.