Roma’s Premier League swoop
Roma are now under new management, with ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho having joined the Italian club in May of 2021.
“After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood their ambitions for Roma. Together we want to build a winning project.
“The incredible passion of the fans convinced me to accept the job. I can’t wait to start next season. Daje Roma!”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 4, 2021
Having spent a lot of time in the Premier League, it appears as though the Portuguese manager is keen to recruit from the top flight of English football, with Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka heavily linked with a move to the Italian capital.
#Xhaka–#Roma c’è l’accordo! L’#Arsenal ha accettato il rialzo dell’offerta dei giallorossi che acquistano il nazionale per circa € 20 mil. Per il centrocampista pronto un quadriennale. #Mourinho ha il suo primo rinforzo. #calciomercato #transfers
— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) June 8, 2021
And the Premier League recruitment will not be stopping there, with Mourinho also keen to entice veteran goalkeeper and compatriot Rui Patricio to Italy. According to respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, negotiations with Wolves for the shot-stopper are “at final stages”, suggesting that a deal could be forthcoming soon.
Rui Patricio will be Pau Lopez replacement – negotiation at final stages with Wolves.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 25, 2021
The casualty following Patricio’s arrival at Roma will be current number 1 Pau Lopez, who is set to join Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, Wolves will replace Patricio with yet another Portuguese player, in the form of Jose Sa, currently playing at Olympiacos.
José Sá will be new Wolves goalkeeper joining from Olympiacos if Rui Patricio leaves the club.
Xhaka is pushing to join Roma – #AFC working to complete the agreement.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 23, 2021
Thus, the goalkeeping merry-go-round seems set to get underway, with one deal sparking the chain of transfers outlined above. Whether that involves the last Premier League player we see swap England for Rome this summer is another matter.
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