The month of January for Roma was a very crucial one for them, they saw a lot of new faces arrive and a lot of faces leave.
Roma looked to strengthen their team in order to make a push for a Champions League spot. But also Sporting Director Walter Sabatini took this time to sell some dead meat and also call an end to the Rudi Garcia era in Rome.
DEPARTURES: Rudi Garcia, Juan Iturbe, Gervinho, Seydou Doumbia
ARRIVED: Luciano Spalletti, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ervin Zukanovic, Diego Perotti
The Garcia-Spalletti swap isn’t necessarily a ‘Mercato’ switch, but the move did happen around mid-January and it perhaps had a huge effect on Roma’s Mercato. Roma started off with selling Juan Iturbe to Bournemouth. Loan + option to buy at a reported €22m. The deal becomes obligation after a certain amount of games played. Then Gervinho was sold to Habei of China for a crazy amount of €18m + €1m in bonuses. Seydou Doumbia then left on loan to Newcastle with an option to buy. Coming in was Stephen El Shaarawy on loan + option to buy at €13m, Zukanovic on loan + obligation to buy (it was reported after one match it became obligation) and Diego Perotti, on loan for €1m until June 2017 with an option to buy at €9m, also an obligation after a certain amount of appearances.
When you break everything down, Roma’s mercato can be considered a success, despite some fans being against it. The sales were phenomenal as Sabatini now has a chance to make profit on Iturbe, who scored 3 league goals over the 18 months he was in Rome. Roma sold Gervinho for just an out of this world price of €18m (€1m bonus), which is about €10m profit on the 28 year old. Gervinho leaving is linked to Garcia leaving without a doubt, but fantastic work by Sabatini to get an amount way over his actual price tag. For Doumbia, Roma has a chance to forget that nightmare if Newcastle use their option to buy
As for the arrivals, some will say Spalletti is the biggest one (which makes total sense) but player wise Roma brought in some talent. El Shaarawy, Zukanovic and Perotti have already made their mark in Rome. El Shaarawy has picked up 2 goals in 2 games, while Zukanovic has put in two very solid games, going along with an assist and Perotti put in a MOTM performance, topped with an assist to El Shaarawy in his debut vs Sassuolo.
But regardless of these guys’ start, every signing Roma made was a good one. El Shaarawy on his day is one of the best Italy has to offer and looks very determined to prove himself and make the trip to France for the Euro’s in June. Zukanovic has proven to be a very solid defender and seems to fit Spalletti’s 3-4-2-1 perfectly and Perotti is just natural talent and looks to offer Roma’s attack something they’ve lacked. Also he gives them options as he can play all over the attack.
All in all Roma’s mercato can be considered a good one. Does it take Roma to the next level? Not at all. But what they did do was bring in some new faces who can be very effective and sell unneeded guys for some good money. A lot have questioned it but from the first look we’ve gotten at Roma’s mercato, the signs have only been positive