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.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Monchi is virtually on the road that leads to Trigoria. He has already confided to some of his closest colleagues what sort of Roma he wants to build, starting off with his evaluation of the many youngsters the Giallorossi own, with the aim of building a squad that knows how to play a spectacular style of football. Monchi hasn’t yet made his move to Roma official, and nor have the Giallorossi directors (even if there are positive noises coming from some of them) but on Tuesday afternoon, during a director’s meeting, the Spanish sporting director announced to Sevilla that in the summer he will be ending his time at the club where he has spent his entire career as a director.
Oscar Arias, Monchi’s right hand man at Sevilla, has confirmed that the sporting director will leave the Rojiblancos. Monchi has been frequently linked with taking over at Roma in the summer, and although Arias didn’t shed any light on this when he spoke to Sport Cope he did make it clear that the sporting director’s future lies away from Seville.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese) There are 2 people who both enjoy smoking cigarettes and turning a profit on players. Yesterday the first – Walter Sabatini – spoke about Roma again, and the second will be in charge of the Giallorossi from next June. The new sporting director (barring a major U-turn) will be Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, better known to everyone as Monchi – the man who has worked miracles at Sevilla, winning 5 Europa Leagues/UEFA Cups, 1 Super Cup, 2 Copa del Rey and 1 Spanish Supercopa in 16 years.