Roma closed their business for the summer transfer window with a sign saying ‘low costs’: on the final day of business they didn’t bring in any signings, only allowing Sadiq and Torosidis to leave – both for Bologna – as well as Vainqueur, who has gone to France. The Giallorossi’s summer wasn’t filled with excitement, as Roma decided to invest the majority of their resources in signing those players who had been on loan last season permanently, given that they had options and obligations to buy hanging over them, but thanks to the departures, sales, loans and contract expirations they will be able to breathe easier over their bank balance: the total impact of the last 2 months of negotiations brings a financial profit of over €50m.
Roma have managed to accumulate a small fortune through savings made on the wage bill, which could have a big impact later on, particularly with regard to Financial Fair Play regulations. This figure is worth around €32.5m gross profit, which is the amount Roma have managed to make through player departures (sales or players leaving at the end of their contracts) even after taking into account player acquisitions.
Back in January 2014, Rome’s radio stations were full of journalists commenting on Walter Sabatini’s transfer policy as he signed youngster after youngster. Some said ironically that he was “playing Football Manager” and praising him for his foresight in planning for Roma’s future, others were more cautionary as they warned the sporting director was forgetting the present as he invested in the future. Continue reading
If there is one thing that Roma have consistently done in the transfer market over the last few years, it is make extensive changes to their defence every summer.
The curtain will soon open on the 2016/17 season with the start of pre-season training camps and the transfer window, which begins on 1st July. The season presents a significant change: the cap on squads, which was partly applied last season, will be fully implemented and teams will be obligated to include 4 locally trained players and another 4 players trained by other Italian teams in their squad list of 25, similar to the UEFA system. It was only for last season that the FIGC gave clubs the concession of including fewer locally trained players as long as they included at least 8 players who had been trained in Italy.
Pjanic is not enough. Willingly or not, Roma still need to sell. Not just because of financial fair play, the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads, which president Pallotta intends to adhere to, but also to reduce the wage bill and thin out a squad that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be further added to.
Luciano Spalletti has spoken in depth about Roma’s transfer plans for this summer, discussing potential signings, the difficulty of keeping players signed on loan last summer and who he hopes to keep at the club following Miralem Pjanic’s departure.