When dealing with transfer rumors and actual transactions, we tend to focus solely on the transfer fee. While this is certainly understandable—they grab headlines and are easy to digest—it overlooks the other, some might say more important part of the equation, the salaries. Roma has shown little reservation spending €20 million to €30 million on players over the past couple summers, but historically speaking, Roma's reluctance to pony up in the wage department has kept them from landing the truly large fish on the open market.
Well, we're at the dawn of a new age, my friends. While Roma can't match PSG or Manchester City salary-for-salary, in terms of Italian competition, Roma is among the most generous employers. As they do every year, La Gazzetta dello Sport has released the wage figures for all 20 Serie A clubs. From the minnows, Frosinone (€8 million) to the marlins, Juventus (€124 million), salaries are up in Serie A after a couple years of stagnation.
Led by Daniele De Rossi's €6.5 million salary, James Pallotta and friends are on the hook for €113 million in wages, the league's second highest mark. Check out the graphic below for the full list, or see all 20 teams right here.
De Rossi remains the league's highest paid player, outpacing Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain by a mere one million, so full credit to DDR and his agents for brokering that deal, they really had Roma over the barrel on that one. However, take one look at that list and you'll see several players who might be gunning for their own big money raise in the not too distant future.
While Roma was bested by DDR in negotiations, they did a pretty fair job locking up Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan at what can be considered below market deals. So, with Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas' respective statures growing with the team, we'll have to see what sort of raise they're in line for when the time comes.
Nevertheless, could you have imagined Roma spending this much several years ago? We complain a lot about missing out on HUGE names on the transfer market, but the fact remains: this administration has spent, and spent large.
Now we just have to see if it pays off and how they'll proceed next summer when several mandatory buyout clauses kick in.