The wage bill has never been so low, which will sound bad but it is in fact music to the ears of those at Trigoria. It might not last long, because contract renewals will raise the bar again, but this is how it is: Roma have reduced their wage bill to just under €92m following the last transfer window. That has never happened before under James Pallotta. The reasons for this aren’t many and are primarily down to meeting Financial Fair Play targets and a result of missing out on income from the Champions League.
While Roma wait for their midfield regista (Borja Valero), their defensive reinforcement has now arrived. Smiling, slightly delayed in his arrival, Thomas Vermaelen arrived at Fiumicino airport on Sunday lunchtime where around 100 fans were waiting for him. He is Roma’s most important transfer signing of the summer window. Not just for his name, quality and previous clubs. But for the added value that he will give to Spalletti’s chessboard who, not by chance when the deal was in the pipeline, described the player as “a work of art”.