AS Roma have been busy this summer, they have strengthened various departments of their squad and look to be building a competitive side to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this coming season.
Iago Falque – The 25-year-old joined on an initial loan deal from Genoa but will secure a switch on a five-year contract as soon as he makes his competitive debut – for a fee which could rise to €9 million.
The Spaniard had a successful campaign with Genoa last term, he registered 13 goals and 3 assists. He was instrumental, helping the side finish in 6th place.
Iago’s natural position is on the flanks, he is a tricky, dynamic winger who is very comfortable on the ball.
This is a risky move for the side because Falque has played for some big clubs where he failed to leave a mark – them sides include Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.
You feel this is the Spaniard’s last chance to impress for a big side challenging for major honours.
Edin Dzeko – The Bosnia-Hercegovina international is the most high profile signing for the club this summer. Roma have paid Manchester City an initial £2.9m for a loan, with a further £7.9m due if the move is made permanent.
I think this is a brilliant move by manager Rudi Garcia, the forward is a quality addition and certainly adds some real pedigree. To me, this proves that the side can still attract major European talent.
Dzeko was buoyant in his first press conference;
“I came here to win titles with Roma,” Dzeko said. “I can only promise one thing and that is that I will give my best for this club in every game.”
Dzeko ends a four-year spell with the Premier League side, with whom he won two league titles, an FA Cup and the League Cup.
Like most large forwards, Edin relies on the service. Roma’s style could suit him nicely because Garcia likes to play with width.
If Roma and Dzeko get it right – the club are getting a thoroughbred goal scorer.
Mohamed Salah – The side signed the Egyptian on loan from Chelsea following his successful stint with Fiorentina in the second half of last season – scoring nine times in 26 games.
With Salah refusing to show up to Fiorentina training, Inter had been favourites to move for his signature, but it is Rudi Garcia’s side who have muscled in.
The agreement includes an option to purchase at any point during the season – the fee is believed to be in the region of £16m.
His pace and willingness to run at defenders will allow Roma to continue playing their fast, counterattacking football. This is another quality addition to Roma.
Wojciech Szczesny – Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joined Roma on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old lost his place towards the end of last season to David Ospina, before the Gunners signed Chelsea keeper Petr Cech last month.
Will he be a hit with Roma?
There were early promises when he broke out at Arsenal, but in the last couple of years the Polish international has disappointed. He will be looking to revive his career in Italy.
Roma’s number one last term was the untrustworthy and inconsistent Morgan De Sanctis – he kept just 16 clean sheets. A new goalkeeper was required, but there weren’t many available on the market.
Szczesny has Premier League and Champions League experience, Roma could have done a lot worse.
- Roma retained the remaining half of Radja Nainggolan’s contract for €9m in July.
- The club confirmed the permanent signing of Boca Juniors midfielder Leandro Paredes for €4.5m. He was on loan last season, making 9 appearances.
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