Can't wait until wm72 flies us all to Rome and invites us to his suite
I still haven't been informed of the architect's precise plans for my honorary club suite. They obviously still have some t's to cross and i's to dot.
Also I think the owners are going to spend BIG this summer. They might sell Pjanic and they start a new Nike deal so they will have the cash. Plus didnt they sell Lamela for like $30 million?
I don't think there will be a crazy expenditure but I do think there'll be a hefty sum paid out for a number of experienced players: 1 CB
(Astori is a prominent link at the moment) 1 LB
(Definitely need an experienced LB to rotate as Dodo gains experience since Balzaretti is getting older) 1 MF
(depth and to fill in considerably until Strootman is back from his injury) + 1 versatile winger/#10ish type
(Ljalic may be sold as odd man out. Gervinho has been amazing and is leading the league in assists; Florenzi's solid and improving all the time but we need one more legitimate world class talent to compete with Juve). + 1 versatile striker
(need a top notch guy to rotate with Destro even though he's coming along ver well -- think he's one of the top 4-5 strikers in Europe in goals/minute.
One of the attacking players will likely be a pretty big name and introduced at the official Nike announcement.
Also, we just bought Sanabria (versatile striker) from Barca and Parades (attacking midfielder) from Boca and sent them out on loan. Both were pretty sought after prospects and they, along with a couple of youth talents (Viviani, Antei etc) out on loan may figure in.
Last summer isn't a good comparison with the upcoming one since management thought the team was a bit too reliant on youth and wanted to flip 1 or 2 players that could fund multiple others more prepared to help fight for the Scudetto right away (Lamela and Marquinhos turned into Strootman, Benatia, Gervinho, Ljalic).
This summer, the first concern will probably be trying to fend off the PSGs and Barcas to simply keep Pjanic, Benatia, Castan etc. . .
I do think there's a chance Pjanic moves but wouldn't be the club's preference. They're well aware that the midfield is as strong as anyone in Europe and would love to keep it intact.
However, Roma's DS Walter Sabatini is a real wheeler and dealer. I'd not be surprised to see almost anyone move if Sabatini thinks what he gets in return can improve the club. (e.g. PSG throwing Pastore + a lot of cash Roma's way for Pjanic.)
This post was edited on 3/26 at 9:01 pm