Corriere dello Sport (Marco Filacchione) As many people are saying in France, if Roma are looking for Salah’s successor then Florian Thauvin is their man. A left-footed player used to playing on the right, quick, skilled at one-on-ones, and menacing in front of goal. He’s less direct than the Egyptian, but is more powerful and stylish. He won a lot of plaudits after his last season with Marseille, both for what he did on the pitch (38 games, 15 goals, 9 assists) and off it.
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.
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) While it wasn’t a convincing performance, Roma returned from Verona with a smile on their faces and with second place still in their grasp after securing a victory that could be worth millions of Euros to them. Napoli’s win against Fiorentina later that evening ensured that the Giallorossi’s fight for automatic qualification to the Champions League would go down to the final day against Genoa, 28th May, which will mark the end of Totti’s playing career.
Il Tempo (Erika Menghi) The Egyptian Roma strikes again. Two goals from El Shaarawy and two from Salah in Verona were a signal of the rebirth of the former and the latter’s efficiency.
Corriere dello Sport (Furio Fedele, Alberto Polverosi) Yesterday Spalletti played 4 forwards as well as Nainggolan, who can be considered a trequartista – or at least an attacking midfielder – by now. The 5 Giallorossi players contributed as follows. Edin Dzeko: a double and an assist for El Shaarawy, 5 shots of which 2 were on target (the goals). Mohamed Salah: an assist for Dzeko, winning a penalty and forcing a red card (for Paletta). Diego Perotti: a shot off the post and 4 shots. Stephan El Shaarawy: a goal and 3 shots in half an hour. Radja Nainggolan: a shot off the post and 5 shots. The Belgian was eventually substituted after sustaining muscle fatigue.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Fabio Bianchi) Things were set in stone. It shouldn’t have been possible for them to change. But now the old cliché of Italian teams setting themselves up primarily not to concede goals has finally been turned on its head. Scoring is, finally, at the forefront of our league’s top sides. It’s the most obvious thing of all to say that to win you have to score goals. To score goals, teams need lots of attackers – and good ones. 20 years ago, the system changed to 3 points for a win, and this helped enormously. But recent seasons have shown a surge of goalscorers, particularly this season. We’re just past the halfway mark of the season, and you can clearly see that this scudetto race will be a race like few others.
Il Tempo (Adriano Serafini) He doesn’t leave for some time yet, but Roma are already starting to feel his absence. Maybe it’s because his hat-trick against Bologna is still fresh in the memory, or maybe it’s just because no one at Trigoria will be smiling when he goes. Either way, the Giallorossi have two things they want to do while Mohamed Salah is away at the African Cup of Nations. Firstly they want (and need) to go back into the transfer market to look for a replacement who can fill the void left by the Egyptian, and secondly Roma will initiate contact with the player’s entourage in the coming months to discuss a new contract extension.