Despite two vitally important matches remaining in Roma’s 2017-2018 campaign, the plans regarding the club’s transfer market for the summer are starting to take shape.
While there’s no doubt Roma’s sole focus is on their two remaining fixtures against Juve and Sassuolo as the club try to confirm their place in next season’s Champions League competition, sporting director Monchi has already started his work for the summer. Late last week, Monchi and Federico Balzaretti, the former Roma player turned director, embarked on a journey to Portugal as they briefly turned their attention to the upcoming summer transfer market.
The Roma-pair held various meetings during their visit, including a reported meeting with the agent of out-of-contract Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard; however, there is still plenty of mystery as to who else they had their eyes on.
Nonetheless, as the season has progressed, Roma’s needs for next season have become abundantly clear and with the transfer window set to close on 18 August this year, one day before the start of the new season, Monchi will certainly work with more urgency and efficiency this summer.
So what are the Giallorossi’s most pressing needs? Let’s take a look at some of the areas that Monchi will undoubtedly have to address this summer in order for Roma to improve.
Arguably Roma’s weakest area on the pitch, the midfield will certainly be Monchi’s priority this summer. While Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman have been serviceable, they are far too slow with their passing as well as their ability to cover space. Roma’s midfield trio of De Rossi, Strootman, and Nainggolan averages 57, 44, and 39 passes per match, respectively – numbers that are far too low for a top-class midfield.
Monchi will surely bring in at least two midfield reinforcements this summer as they will look to turn their aging, slow midfield into a much more quicker and modern one.
Between right back and left back, Roma have struggled to find consistency on both flanks over recent years. Alessandro Florenzi and Bruno Peres have been horrific this season while Rick Karsdorp has made only one appearance due to injury. With the Brazilian Peres moving closer to a transfer away from Roma, the Giallorossi will need another name in the role as Alessandro Florenzi is likely to be moved back to his natural role in the midfield or perhaps as a right winger this summer.
The Giallorossi are in desperate need of a left winger who can not only score goals, but also provide a higher level of service and supply to Edin Dzeko. The Giallorossi really struggled this season to score goals and this is one of the most glaringly obvious needs for Eusebio Di Francesco. While Edin Dzeko has indeed had another world class season, it’s unfair to expect him to continue to single-handedly carry this attack for another season at the age of 32 years old.
Although Stephan El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti are two serviceable players, Monchi will certainly have his eye on a player who is at a higher level.
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