La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Luciano Spalletti sounded the alarm just under 2 months ago. “We might have a few problems around February-March. We’ll have 11-12 games in 40 days and we won’t get out of it if we don’t have the right number of players.” The coach, speaking two weeks before the end of the transfer window, has been proved right. It was 15th January, there was time to add to the squad, but only one player arrived: Clement Grenier from Lyon. He can’t play in the Europa League because he has already played for the French side in the competition, and after a month and a half he has only played for a few minutes in the league in the 4-0 win against Fiorentina.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) In short, this is the story: Franck Kessie and Roma have sat down at the negotiating table and things are now becoming increasingly clear. This is the result of a meeting last Friday between Roma directors Ricky Massari and Mauro Baldissoni and the player’s agent, the Ivorian George Atangana. Yes, the same agent who – at the end of January – said that he was doubtful Kessie could join Roma (some say that this is because he was initially kept out of negotiations).
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Ricky Massara and Walter Sabatini, together again. Yesterday evening the two met in London, together with intermediary Frank Trimboli, for a friendly reunion of colleagues and friends, but which also served a more professional purpose. But Massara didn’t just fly to England to meet his old master, who is currently in talks to potentially take up a role with Tottenham; the main purpose of his trip was to evaluate potential transfer options. For the avoidance of doubt, Franco Baldini – former general director of both Roma and Tottenham and currently Pallotta’s personal advisor – wasn’t present in London, choosing not to interrupt his holiday in South Africa for a working dinner.
Tuttomercatoweb (Marco Conterio) After Sevilla’s match against Juventus, Monchi – the club’s sporting director – said that “it would be nice to work in Italy.” This suggestion, made by a man who has built the Andalusians into a team that has performed miracles in Europe, may not have come entirely out of the blue.
A close collaborator with Walter Sabatini, Frederic Massara is Roma’s new sporting director. Always very active in the international transfer market and especially in transfers between Italy and France, we asked some agents who have sat down at the negotiating table with him to sketch out his profile.
At Trigoria, people say that Frederic Massara speaks little, works a lot and listens even more. That’s why, in the last few years, he seems to have been the only person who has been able to accommodate seemingly incompatible personalities like Sabatini, Pallotta and Gervinho. Actually, the Ivorian has been one of Massara’s best-kept secrets at Roma: not because he chose him, but because he spoke to him and, most of all, he was able to make him see reason, limiting those excesses that so infuriated Sabatini and his team-mates.
Frederic Massara, nicknamed Ricky, was born in Turin on 11th November, 1968. During his playing career he played as a left winger in the Torino and Pavia youth teams, and then at Pescara where he was a team-mate of Max Allegri during his spells in Abruzzo. He also played for Palermo, Arezzo, Moncalieri, Andria and Tivoli before he retired and started his career as an assistant coach at Benevento, Pescara and Martina.