Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Money. A lot of it, and quickly, to keep Roma’s Plan A safe. By participating in the Champions League, which would be guaranteed with a victory against Genoa, the club can honour their financial commitments (over €40 million just to pay the obligatory purchase clauses for players they already have on loan) and avoid losing too many big-name players. One major sale will be required though, and will probably have to be ratified before 30 June in order to balance the club’s books for this financial year, but 2nd place would be a godsend to help avoid having to make a number of sacrifices that would otherwise be inevitable.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) On 24th May, 2008, Barack Obama hadn’t yet been elected President of the United States, Rome was about to elect Alemanno as mayor, and the following month Spain would win their second European Championships. 3275 days have passed since then, and Obama is now a tourist in Milan, Alemanno is the opposition and Spain have won everything; but the Coppa Italia that Roma lifted on that day 9 years ago, beating Inter 2-1 at the Olimpico, was the last trophy the club have been able to celebrate. The football world has radically changed since Spalletti first took charge, but the team that bears the capital’s name seems to have been paralysed. The coach – after his successful ‘exile’ in Russia – is the only survivor along with De Rossi and Totti, but despite all the talk and the investment from the club’s owners, nothing has been won – although their league record is excellent: if they finish ahead of Napoli, they will have finished 2nd for the 4th time in 9 seasons, practically once every 2 years. But there’s no trophy for that.
Roma’s new sporting director Monchi was presented to the media on Wednesday afternoon, and the ex-Sevilla director touched on a number of key subjects regarding the Giallorossi including the futures of Luciano Spalletti, Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) How different would Roma’s strategy be without the Champions League? It’s a legitimate question to ask, given that Napoli are now just one point behind. They’re probably currently asking the question at Trigoria. There is a fairly reassuring answer: nothing would change. Not significantly, anyway. Ultimately the play-off round is only two games: while it’s true that it would force the club to limit their spending due to the risk of not qualifying for the group stages, it’s also true that it may force them to build a squad that is good enough not to be knocked out in the crucial play-off round next August.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Unai Emery has already reached an agreement with Roma. He has agreed a three-year contract in principle with Monchi. He is the coach that the Giallorossi have chosen, if Spalletti keeps to his word and leaves the team following the last of their six remaining games in the league, in which they are currently second place. The Tuscan coach is said to have already confirmed his irreversible decision to some of the players.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Necessity dictates that this option is taken seriously: Roma are scouring the market for players available on a free transfer. At this stage they have no other option, with their last financial statement heavily in the red and participation in the Champions League not yet assured. And so Monchi, who will be in Valencia tomorrow for the game against Sevilla, is working closely with Ricky Massara to establish if there are options available who would fit in with the team’s needs next season.
Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi, who has already announced that he will be leaving the club in a month’s time, has revealed that although Roma have made him an offer he hasn’t yet decided where he will be working next season. Speaking to El Larguero, Monchi said that he had received offers from the Premier League and Ligue 1 as well as from the Giallorossi.