Corriere dello Sport (Maida): It will not be a static January for Roma, that’s for sure. The qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, coupled with the not-so-impossible task to go even further beyond the obstacle that is Shakhtar Donetsk, has Roma eyeing transfer market opportunities with the double objective of improving the roster and keeping their books in order.
It is good to be clear, though: in the winter transfer market, Monchi will intervene after having thinned the roster. It’s an issue of wages and ensuring there is balance in the dressing room. It would be useless to add an “average” footballer mid-season if he takes away space from those who already have not found much space. And so, for example, a left-footed attacker who plays on the right, who could complete the attack, would only arrive if Roma loaned young Turkish attacker Cengiz Ünder, who has huge quality but still seems immature for Serie A: an episode that is emblematic of this came Sunday in Verona, when Ünder infuriated Di Francesco for having given the ball away to Chievo, who were then able to waste time. Meanwhile, Defrel, who is still injured and has so far been unproductive, is unlikely to leave. In that area of the pitch, Mahrez and Berardi must always be considered, without forgetting Bologna’s Verdi, who also interests Roma.
Another who could leave in this upcoming transfer window is the second goalkeeper, Skorupski, who has not been used this season after trying to leave in the summer. He has some offers from abroad that Roma will try to monetize. In the discussion there is also Bruno Peres, whose future is destined to be as the third choice right-back behind Florenzi and obviously Karsdorp. Finally, keep an eye on Emerson, who was penalised by a knee injury, which led Monchi to invest in Kolarov. Given the performances of Kolarov, he could be sold if a good offer arrives as he will unlikely be given many chances in the second part of the season. Should that happen, Roma have their reservation card ready in the form of Matteo Darmian.
IN THE MIDDLE
Unless an irrevocable offer arrives for Gonalons, he will not go away. It remains to be seen what will happen with Gerson, who was close to joining Lille last season before his remarkable turnaround. Gerson likes Di Francesco, who is giving him continuity, but the transfer market can offer good opportunities: such as Cagliari’s Barella.