La Repubblica – A positive drug test in calcio. The player in question is Lorenzo Di Livio, Ternana’s 20 year old midfielder (owned by Roma) and son of former Italy international Angelo Di Livio. Di Livio Jr tested positive for a metabolite from THC (the major psychoactive component of cannabis) following NADO Italia drug test carried out on 6th May after Vicenza-Ternana. The player has been suspended as a precautionary measure by the Italian anti-doping court at the request of the national anti-doping prosecutor.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Last year, with 8 goals in 18 games, he was the unexpected surprise of Roma’s second half of the season, who then paid €13 million to sign him permanently from Milan. This year Stephan El Shaarawy hasn’t lived up to the promise and the expectation of 12 months ago, but the numbers are at least on his side. He is in fact the team’s 4th highest scorer after Dzeko (37 goals), Salah (17) and Nainggolan (13), but he has played a lot less than any of them. He has only just hit the 2000 minutes mark, while the Belgian has played twice that, Dzeko almost twice and Salah 1000 minutes more.
Leggo (Francesco Balzani) Nainggolan and Dzeko have fallen at the final hurdle. Spalletti received the worst news possible from the two fitness tests yesterday ahead of a crucial match against Juventus – as well as the suspended Strootman, he will have to do without the Bosnian and is at risk of not having the Belgian available either. The two most frequently used players in the squad: Radja has played 4042 minutes, Edin 3862. The latter is certain to miss out on his duel with Higuain given that the tests showed “a 1st degree calf strain in his left leg”. He is expected to be out for 10 days, and may be back in time for the penultimate game against Chievo. There’s a ray of hope for Nainggolaan who reported a “swelling in his left calf” in San Siro. His conditions will be evaluated on a day by day basis, although a recovery in time for Juve seems unlikely. Two muscular injuries that are the result of Spalletti’s lack of squad rotation in the past weeks and which have now forced the coach to change his lineup for a game against one of the best teams in Europe.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Unai Emery has already reached an agreement with Roma. He has agreed a three-year contract in principle with Monchi. He is the coach that the Giallorossi have chosen, if Spalletti keeps to his word and leaves the team following the last of their six remaining games in the league, in which they are currently second place. The Tuscan coach is said to have already confirmed his irreversible decision to some of the players.
Palermo’s Curva Nord have published a message of support on their Facebook page congratulating Roma’s Curva Sud for their perseverence in protesting against the division of the curva. The Curva Nord, who have close ties with their Romanisti counterparts, praised the Giallorossi fans’ actions after the barriers inside the Stadio Olimpico were removed by the authorities, prompting them to return for Roma’s next game against Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Daniele De Rossi is close to agreeing a new 2 year contract with Roma. The Giallorossi midfielder’s current deal expires this summer but the Italian outlet reports the club are nearing an agreement on an extension. The number 16 will see his salary drastically reduced though; he is currently on €6.5 million a year but this will reportedly fall to around €2.5 million a year under the new terms.
Kostas Manolas’ agent, Ioannis Evangelopoulos, has told tuttomercatoweb.com that it is up to Roma whether or not they sell the Greek defender in the summer. Manolas has been heavily linked with a lucrative transfer to Inter or the Premier League, but Evangelopoulos underlines that his client will go along with whatever the club decide.