The first official week of silly season was a busy one for Roma, with some long rumored deals nearing completion and several new ones grabbing headlines later in the week. Of course, a busy weekend usually portends a busy Monday, and with Ashley Cole and Salih Uçan reportedly en route to Roma, Walter Sabatini won't have much time to rest tomorrow.
We talked about this move in greater depth earlier in the week, but it seems certain that Ashley Cole will be the latest in a long line of left backs at the Olimpico. Multiple sources are reporting that Cole will arrive in Rome tomorrow to take a medical examination, putting pen to paper on a two year deal worth €2.3 million per season + bonuses. While Cole's agent has yet to confirm any of this, given the amount of heat this has picked up over the past 72 hours, it appears all but a certainty.
As long as Cole has truly come to play and we aren't expecting vintage Ca$hley (on or off the pitch), this seems like a decent addition. As we discussed, Cole performed admirably in his reduced role last season at Chelsea, so as long as he doesn't harbor any delusions of grandeur, tactically speaking, he should fit into Roma's machinery.
Naturally, the arrival of one left back means the departure of another. In this case that "other" is Dodo, who was alternatively the hero and whipping boy this past season. Dodo has all the physical attributes one could ask for in a full back, but is that his best position? Might be be better suited in a 3-5-2, or is he a winger in fullbacks clothing?
Whatever the case may be, Dodo took some positive steps forward under Rudi Garcia, so I hope Roma retain his services, but a loan to Inter Milan seems odd, especially if playing time is hard to come by.
Arario, a class of '95 striker from River Plate, has reportedly signed on for Roma now that his contract with the Argentine club has expired. There isn't much in this link, but since he's a non EU, he will likely be loaned out to another club before joining the Giallorossi...so for now, he remains another among a host of promising youth products, but Roma has certainly struck gold with River Plate in the past, so we'll keep an eye on this one.
Talk about a protracted rumor and transfer, this Roma-Uçan dance has been going on for weeks, but Uçan has already been sighted in the airport, so I suppose we can officially get excited. It appears as though the two year loan with option to buy is the final form, though it remains to be seen if he'll actually spend the first year in Roma.
Roma reported pursuit of Seattle Sounders and US fullback DeAndre Yedlin is, in many ways, the complete opposite of Uçan, appearing seemingly out of thin air and picking up steam in a week's time.
Football Italia, by way of La Gazetta dello Sport, is reporting that Roma have taken sole possession of DeAndre Yedlin and will leave him in Seattle until July of 2015. This rumor has changed shape slightly, as initially Roma and Genoa were teaming up to bring Yedlin to Serie A immediately, with Roma loaning him to the Grifone.
While there is no mention of a cost or terms of the deal, this looks pretty good from a Roman perspective, as Yedlin should arrive just as Maicon's deal is set to expire. I don't claim to be an expert on MLS, but everything you read about this kid is overwhelmingly positive, both in terms of football capabilities and mental makeup. Roma could have themselves a gem here, and the added year of seasoning with Seattle and Jurgen Klinsmann should only make his transition to life in Europe that much easier.
For the Seattle Perspective, check out Sounder At Heart's coverage.
More to come, but Monday is shaping up to be an exciting day.