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 (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.
Mario Rui’s agent has admitted that he and his client behaved badly as they negotiated a transfer from Roma to Napoli, but says that the Giallorossi eventually came to understand their position.
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.