Alessandro Austini of Il Tempo has reported that Roma have Juventus director Fabio Paratici on their minds.
At the moment, it is only an idea — one brought forth by current Roma CEO Guido Fienga, who is currently in charge of handling the transition of ownership at the club from James Pallotta to The Friedkin Group.
Paratici’s position at the Turin giants isn’t currently under discussion, however, the Giallorossi CEO is gathering names to propose to Dan Friedkin once his takeover is complete. Negotiations with Paratici haven’t started because right now, it’s unthinkable to believe he would leave the Bianconeri for the Italian capital.
There are those in Turin, though, who believe that the Juve “castle” could soon crumble due to a team that isn’t playing good football under Maurizio Sarri and is also constrained by extremely high costs — limiting their ability to alter the team.
So should an opening arise, Roma could try and take their chance. It should also be noted that money also wouldn’t be an issue: Paratici, the current Chief Football Officer at the Bianconeri, currently earns €1.96 million plus a potential €860,000 in bonuses (gross) per season. Compared to current Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi — who earns €2.17 million plus €850,000 in potential bonuses (gross) per season — Paratici is earning less.
Paratici, 47, has previously been an option for the sporting director role with Roma and was one of the potential candidates to replace Walter Sabatini in 2017, however, he opted to remain at Juventus.
Roma is a gamble that, reportedly, entices Paratici and one he’d be interested in. It also can’t be ruled out that should he arrive, Gianluca Petrachi could also remain given that the pair have a longstanding relationship.
It remains to be seen if Paratici represents a card that Guido Fienga could play, but we should know more when the takeover of The Friedkin Group is complete.