Roma have managed to accumulate a small fortune through savings made on the wage bill, which could have a big impact later on, particularly with regard to Financial Fair Play regulations. This figure is worth around €32.5m gross profit, which is the amount Roma have managed to make through player departures (sales or players leaving at the end of their contracts) even after taking into account player acquisitions.
The €32m deal to sell Miralem Pjanic to Juventus may be one of Roma’s biggest ever sales, but it may also go down in posterity as the end of a chapter in the club’s history. There have already been many words written about Pjanic and his desire to join Juventus and, indeed, Roma’s own desire to make a quick sale to bring in necessary funds, and this isn’t the place to add to them. For all Pjanic’s faults, what’s done is done and, for better or worse, Roma will bring in a replacement.
James Pallotta is due to fly into Rome at the start of next month, and there are a number of issues that will require the Roma president’s attention during his stay in the capital. Chief among these is Francesco Totti’s contract renewal, as the captain’s current deal expires in just over a month’s time, but there is also the matter of confirming Walter Sabatini as the team’s sporting director, planning out transfer business for the summer, and concerns regarding stadiums new and old.
Italian football finance analysts calcioefinanza.it have revealed that Roma can meet Financial Fair Play targets without having to sell Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan this summer. Alberto Medici, writing for calcioefinanza.it, highlights the club’s own financial reports but underlines that there are still many factors in play that could result in one of the Giallorossi’s stars being sold.
Roma closed out the season with a comfortable win away at Milan, and had there been a few games more it’s possible that they would have edged out Napoli in the race for second. In the end it was a creditable third place finish, and the dour play in the latter stages of the Rudi Garcia era has been long forgotten after Luciano Spalletti took over for his second spell in charge of the club. There have been failings at all levels during the course of the season – from owners, directors and players, not to mention Franco Gabrielli and Roma’s relationship with the former prefect of Rome – but the club’s recovery in the second half of the season to secure Champions League football again mean it should be seen as a positive campaign overall. Continue reading
Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini spoke to pagineromaniste.com on Tuesday during the Renato Cesarini awards where he spoke about a wide range of issues concerning the Giallorossi. Continue reading
Up until the 50th minute, everything was going smoothly. Roma were in control of the game, and should already have been more than a goal to the good by the time that Diego Perotti expertly lashed past Emiliano Viviano five minutes into the second half. There were periods before half time (mostly in the first 20 or so minutes) that had seen Roma play some really good football, knocking it around quickly trying to stretch Sampdoria’s deep defence out of position.