Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) “We want to win a trophy.” Roma’s ambition, at the start of every season, is always the same, provided that the all-conquering Juventus side of recent years leave something for the other clubs. Of the Giallorossi players who went back to Trigoria yesterday morning for the start of pre-season, and who will be in Pinzolo from today until the 14th, one of the few big names was Diego Perotti. “It will be very hard again this year,” the Argentine said, “although this time we have the advantage of not having to play in the Champions League play-offs. The other teams are organising themselves and will be stronger than in the past. We’ll need new players as well, even though we’re ready to have a great season.” He has complete confidence in Monchi, who signed him for Sevilla. “I’ve known him for 10 years. We’re missing a few players, but I have confidence in him and I know he’ll build a great team. Di Francesco? I haven’t got to know him yet.”
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) It’s the same as 1 Pogba, sold by Juve for €120 million, but split into 3 deals. Monchi’s Roma adventure is beginning with player sales. He has already brought in €50 million (€42m plus €8m bonuses) from the sale of Salah to Liverpool, and will add another €67 million (€60m plus €7m guaranteed bonuses) from the pact that will see Manolas and Paredes join Mancini’s Zenit. If we add the €4.5 million fee that Sassuolo have paid to make the Federico Ricci move permanent, Monchi has already secured more than €120 million for Roma’s coffers. At some point, further revenue will be added to this from the sales of Skorupski, Doumbia, Vainqueur, Castan, Zukanovic and, perhaps, Mario Rui, Iturbe and Gerson. These players were signed by his predecessor Sabatini but will be sold by one of Europe’s most highly rated sporting directors.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) It’s done. Fans won’t be told immediately, but it’s all essentially done. It isn’t just Kostas Manolas but also Leandro Paredes who is preparing to sign for Zenit St Petersburg in a double signing that was agreed overnight, after a meeting between Monchi, Baldissoni and a delegation from the Russian club in the Hilton Hotel at the airport in Munich. The bonuses and modality of payment are yet to be decided, but the fixed fee is expected to be around €45 million.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) Roma will be ready in 5. Not 5 minutes, just to be clear. They need a lot longer just to set out their short term plans, which the club’s management has been doing recently during meetings in Boston. No, 5 signings, while keeping as much of the current squad together as possible, in order to have the deep squad necessary to progress beyond the Champions League group stage. This is Roma’s target for next year.
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.