Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) It finished with a handshake, a promise that he will soon sign a contract. “I’m not a director of Roma yet, but I will be soon,” Totti said as he left the Hotel De Russie, where he met with Pallotta yesterday evening. It was the last step required before putting pen to paper on his new contract that will tie him to the Giallorossi for another 6 years. Not as a player any more, of course, but he won’t be hidden away in a corner of Trigoria: the president seems to have convinced Francesco to be a public face of the club, given how easily recognised he is around the world, but his principle role will be operational, in the technical area.
Roma are still looking for a winger to replace Mohamed Salah, who left the Giallorossi for Liverpool earlier this summer, and the club have identified Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez as the man to replace ‘Momo’.
The club can confirm that SSC Napoli have signed full-back Mario Rui on an initial loan deal.
Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) All that’s missing is the official announcement, which should arrive in the coming hours, and then Gregoire Defrel will be a new Roma player. At the end of protracted negotiations (the Frenchman was on the verge of a move to the Giallorossi in January before talks collapsed), Roma and Sassuolo have finally found an agreement. The Emilian club will receive around €20m (plus bonuses) while the forward will sign a 5-year contract before joining up with his new squad, which leaves for their tour of the United States tomorrow.
Francesco Totti will continue his playing career with Tokyo Verdy, according to the Japanese club’s president, if he decides not to hang up his boots and begin his career as a director at Roma.
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.”
Tuttomercatoweb.com (Francesco Fontana) The future of Stephan El Shaarawy looks as though it will be with the Giallorossi. Tuttomercatoweb.com has learned that there is a lot of interest in the 1992-born forward (tied to Roma until 2020), with big offers arriving from the Premier League and La Liga, as well as interest from the Chinese Super League. However, their offers and propositions have all been rejected. El Shaarawy’s ‘no’ has been firm, and it is equally clear that he intends to stay with Roma for some time yet.