It has been another busy summer for AS Roma and manager Jose Mourinho, but with the return of the 2023/24 Italian Serie A campaign edging ever nearer fans have some real news to distract themselves with, as opposed to the regular and ongoing behavioural charge antics we have to put up with from the self styled ‘Special One’.
With Mourinho’s first team squad featuring regularly on the summer transfer rumour mill, pre season preparations are now in full swing and on Saturday they jetted off for the training camp out in the Algarve, Portugal.
Notably, four players that have been placed on the transfer list and are deemed surplus to Mourinho’s requirements for the coming year have not travelled – Matias Vina, Eldor Shomurodov, Bryan Reynolds and Gonzalo Villar. With them all being transfer listed and available for moves, being left out of the 24 man travelling squad is not that surprising really. For those fans who like a flutter, bonuscodesasia.com would be a route to decent odds on what further deals Roma might make this summer.
Further reports also suggest that Roma are willing to listen to sensible offers for Rick Karsdorp, Ola Solbakken and Roger Ibanez, but they have travelled with the group, which also includes new signings Houssem Aouar, Evan N’Dicka and Rasmus Kristensen.
As part of the training camp there will have warm up friendlies with Braga (July 26) and Farense (August 2) but the latter game remains subject to official confirmation. They will return on August 3 having now cancelled their involvement in a pre season tour of Asia that originally had a game against English side Tottenham Hotspur pencilled in.
The full travelling squad:
Rui Patricio, Pietro Boer, Mile Svilar, Rick Karsdorp, Roger Ibanez, Evan N’Dicka, Chris Smalling, Diego Llorente, Zeki Celik, Gianluca Mancini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nemanja Matic, Houssem Aouar, Rasmus Kristensen, Edoardo Bove, Nicola Zalewski, Riccardo Pagano, Niccolò Pisilli, Andrea Belotti, Ola Solbakken, Paulo Dybala, Stephan El Shaarawy.
One thing that Roma fans will be keeping themselves well aware of are the claims doing the rounds in some sections of the media that concern attacker Paulo Dybala, as the 29 year old again finds himself linked with a potential move to one of the big Premier League sides.
The rumour mill speculation is obvious given he was involved in 18 goals last season from only 26 games, but some have gone further and reported that there is a time limited release fee of only around £10.4 million for sides based outside of Italia, with the fee rising to a claimed £17.31 million for rival teams.
We will simply have to see if anything comes of this particular rumour, because if it is true and there is genuine interest in the World Cup winner – you have to ask the question as to why no offer has yet been made.