Roma’s revolving doors in defence: all the defensive transfers since 2011

Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) Is a revolution needed or not? At Roma, it’s usually the first option. Whether it’s a question of strategy or of player trading, fans are now all too aware of these phrases. They are part of a vocabulary in modern football that fans like less and less, as they are forced to live in a state of perennial anxiety. Of fear, almost. Because there is always the chance, lurking just around the corner, that the team will lose a key player. Particularly in defence. There was a time when fans would be able to become closely attached to a good player, as there was a high chance that they would see him wearing a Giallorossi shirt for a long time. Think of players like Aldair, Candela, Cafu, Zago, Mexes, Panucci. All very talented defenders, who enjoyed successful spells at Trigoria for long periods of time. They left an indelible mark behind.

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Roma looking to France for reinforcements as Maxime Gonalons deal nears completion

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Massimo Cecchini) Ever since the time of the barbarian invasions, people in Rome have understood that one’s enemies can become the best of friends. And it’s about to happen again, given that they are looking to Lyon – who knocked the Giallorossi out of the Europa League last season – to sign 28 year old Maxime Gonalons, the conductor of the Lyon orchestra and French international. The Frenchman’s agent Frederic Guerra, who was at Trigoria two days ago for talks, confirmed the club’s interest. “Roma’s interest is real,” he told Centro Suono. “The clubs haven’t reached an agreement, but we’re nearly there. I think it will be done by 30th June.”

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Roma look to Marseille’s Florian Thauvin as replacement for Mohamed Salah

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.

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Roma’s Leandro Paredes hesitating over move to Zenit St Petersburg

Repubblica.it (Matteo Pinci) Roma may have thought that Manolas and Paredes were already packing their bags for St Petersburg. Everything has been agreed between the Giallorossi and Zenit: a deal struck for €50 million plus bonuses for the pair, to be added to the other €50 million (bonuses included) that they received from the Salah sale, and which will be filed in the club’s accounts after 1st July.

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