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.
|Mário Rui||FC Empoli||£5.40m|
|Héctor Moreno||PSV Eindhoven||£5.13m|
|Patrik Schick||Sampdoria||Loan fee:|
|Aleksandar Kolarov||Man City||£4.50m|
|Grégoire Defrel||Sassuolo||Loan fee:|
|Maxime Gonalons||Olympique Lyon||£4.50m|
|Rezan Corlu||Bröndby IF||£540k|
|Silvio Anocic||Roma U19||–|
|Leandro Paredes||Zenit S-Pb||£20.70m|
|Mário Rui||SSC Napoli||Loan fee:|
|Seydou Doumbia||Sporting CP||£2.70m|
|Marco Frediani||Parma||Free transfer|
|Nemanja Radonjic||Red Star||Loan|
|Juan Iturbe||Club Tijuana||Loan|
|Moustapha Seck||FC Empoli||Loan|
|Andrea Paolelli||AS Gubbio||Loan|
|Arturo Calabresi||Spezia Calcio||Loan|
|Ismail H’Maidat||KVC Westerlo||Loan|
|Daniele Verde||Hellas Verona||Loan|
|Ezequiel Ponce||LOSC Lille||Loan|
|Lorenzo Di Livio||Reggina||Loan|
|Tomas Svedkauskas||Free agent||–|
|Franck Cedric||Free agent||–|
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.
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.
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.