Another day, another rumor, though today's variety seems a bit more substantiated than the Mattia Destro to AC Milan nugget we poured over yesterday. Rather than splurge for Shakthar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano, Roma are reportedly blowing their winter budget on Dnipro's Ukrainian winger, Yevhen Konoplyanka; a move which would seem to suggest Destro isn't going anywhere, barring any sort of last minute move for an older, cheaper striker.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand, Roma's reported capture of Konoplyanka. The 25-year-old winger will reportedly cost Walter Sabatini a cool €14m, with the player rejecting overtures from Spurs and Liverpool, among others. However, if you do a quick Alta Vista search of young Kono, you'll see the whole gamut of the transfer spectrum: He's nearly Roma's, no wait, maybe Spurs will swoop back in, but wait, what's this, he might actually prefer Everton? (for the record, if that's truly the case, I might wash my hands of Serie A altogether)
Anyway, here's what this kid can do:
The implications of this move (if true) are pretty substantial. First off, eschewing Luiz Adriano, who fills an area of more immediate need (if indeed the Destro rumors held water) and outlaying that much scrilla on a winger seems to indicate that Mattia Destro is, indeed, here to stay, unless they sell him for pure financial reasons without respect for the current squad makeup.
Secondly, and again keeping those duckets in mind (I'm into early 2000s cash colloquialisms today), what would this signing mean for the respective futures of Juan Iturbe, Gervinho, Adem Ljajic and Alessandro Florenzi?
Roma already has a glut of wingers, so with that many talented and expensive players battling for playing time, who does Rudi Garcia rely on? Do they cash in on Gervinho's reformation? Cut bait on Iturbe? Move Florenzi to right back permanently? Change formations and put Ljajic in the hole, thereby easing Totti's way into retirement?
As talented as Konoplyanka may be and as much as he'd bring to Roma, his assimilation into this squad is by no means a cut and dry affair, the futures of several players may hang in the balance...you know, unless he prefers Everton.