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2017 Summer Mercato Review: Roma

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Roma saw what many feared; the retirement of enigmatic captain Francesco Totti and other keenly felt losses. Monchi in his first season has recruited smartly albeit more for the future than an immediate title tilt.

Roma had an interesting mercato to say the least; the loss of the enigmatic captain Francesco Totti was keenly felt, and his loss must be managed correctly. He may not have started every game in his final seasons, but he was still able to be highly influential both on and off the field.

The hiring of Monchi was greeted with plenty of optimism. Having helped scout players that helped build Sevilla to constant success, Roma fans expected much of the same. Monchi claimed Roma would not be a supermarket for other teams across Europe but was sadly incorrect. His tenure started somewhat negatively with the loss of Mo Salah, Paredes and Rudiger amongst others saw Roma come off looking much weaker.

There was the  usual number of players who were loaned to get more experience (including the promising Ponce amongst others) and a few who were sold to get rid of number dead weight on the squad list, with the disappointing Iturbe sent out on loan with the hope he will finally find his place. The departures were a necessary evil given their FFP limitations and the need to create revenue in order to purchase new players. However, there were plenty of positive in comings that indicate that Monchi has a long term plan for the club with plenty of astute signings.

Arrivals:

PlayersClubTransfer sum
Rick KarsdorpFeyenoord£12.60m
Cengiz ÜnderBasaksehir£12.06m
Bruno PeresTorino£11.25m
Lorenzo PellegriniSassuolo£9.00m
Juan JesusInter£7.20m
Mário RuiFC Empoli£5.40m
Héctor MorenoPSV Eindhoven£5.13m
Patrik SchickSampdoriaLoan fee:
£4.50m
Aleksandar KolarovMan City£4.50m
Grégoire DefrelSassuoloLoan fee:
£4.50m
Maxime GonalonsOlympique Lyon£4.50m
Federico FazioSpurs£2.88m
Rezan CorluBröndby IF£540k
Silvio AnocicRoma U19
£84.06m

 

Departures:

PlayersClubTransfer sum
Mohamed SalahLiverpool£37.80m
Antonio RüdigerChelsea£31.50m
Leandro ParedesZenit S-Pb£20.70m
Riccardo MarchizzaSassuolo£4.05m
Mário RuiSSC NapoliLoan fee:
£3.38m
Davide FrattesiSassuolo£2.70m
Seydou DoumbiaSporting CP£2.70m
Federico RicciSassuolo£2.70m
William VainqueurAntalyaspor£450k
Marco FredianiParmaFree transfer
Nemanja RadonjicRed StarLoan
Juan IturbeClub TijuanaLoan
Petar GolubovićNovara?
Kevin MéndezViterbeseLoan
Tiago CasasolaAlessandria?
Matteo RicciSalernitanaLoan
Lorenzo VascoFondiLoan
Giammario PiscitellaPratoLoan
Umar SadiqTorinoLoan
Norbert GyömbérBariLoan
Moustapha SeckFC EmpoliLoan
Jacopo FerriPiacenzaLoan
Paolo FrascatoreSüdtirol?
Andrea PaolelliAS GubbioLoan
José MachínBresciaLoan
Nicola FalascoAvellinoLoan
Christian D’UrsoAscoliLoan
Arturo CalabresiSpezia CalcioLoan
Ionut PopAlessandria?
Ismail H’MaidatKVC WesterloLoan
Daniele VerdeHellas VeronaLoan
Ezequiel PonceLOSC LilleLoan
Lorenzo Di LivioRegginaLoan
Ervin ZukanovicGenoaLoan
Elio CapradossiBariLoan
Tomas SvedkauskasFree agent
Franck CedricFree agent
Francesco TottiRetired

Analyzing Arrivals and Departures

Despite their considerable losses, Roma managed to recruit well and retain in key areas. Hector Moreno, Federico Fazio, Juan Jesus and Aleksandar Kolarov are astute defensive incomings for the club – and all bought on decent fees.  Kolarov will be key in providing the experience needed if they wish to challenge on multiple fronts.Rick Karsdrop has been brought in to compete for the full back role and the player is viewed as a future star for the Roma defence.

Lorenzo Pellegrini has returned home from Sassuolo to plenty of praise and expectation, and follows manager Di Francesco back to Roma. The Italian used his time well with the Neroverdi and has developed into one of the most promising midfielders on the Peninsula. Gonalons transfer was as astute piece of business as any and will provide cover for the likes of De Rossi, Strootman and co. Rezan Corlu as well as Cengiz Ünder are signings with an eye for the future.

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 01: AS Roma new player Patrik Schick looks on during the friendly match between AS Roma and Chapecoense at Olimpico Stadium on September 1, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Finally, Gregoire Defrel and Patrick Schick are key players to supplement the attack. Defrel was highly sought after in the Premier League last season with his exploits in front of goal. He brings experience of both Serie A and Europe which will prove vital. Schick is another key transfer and highlights their desire to not only improve the squad but also have a future star in their ranks.

Overall Reaction

It was a solid transfer market for Roma under Monchi, however they will feel some of their key departures. The loss of Rudiger will be felt in defence, but they have added some solid replacements and have retained Manolas for yet another season which is considered positive. None of their midfield signings are world beaters as of yet but they ooze plenty of potential and could develop in the next season or two into the stars they need.

All in all, a decent transfer market for the Giallorossi who managed to oblige by FFP, however it seems doubtful they will challenge Juve for the Scudetto.

Grade: B

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