If you want a look at the disparity between Roma and Juventus, look no further than the latest transfer rumors in which the two Italian stalwarts are currently embroiled. While Roma are busy trying to offload Bruno Peres (for the third time), Juventus are, you know, kicking the tires on a potential €350 million (transfer fee, salary, agent fees etc.) for Cristiano Ronaldo. If the seven straight virtually unencumbered league titles didn’t clue you in, these stories will; Juventus exists on a different planet from the rest of the league.
While it remains to be seen if Juve can pull off this game changing move, one thing is for sure: Roma are having a hell of a time finding a taker for Peres. Or more to the point, they’re having difficulty finding a place Peres will deem acceptable. During the winter transfer market it seemed like Porto were willing to take him off Roma’s hands, while just a couple of weeks ago a reunion with Torino seemed in the works.
And, well, here we are; Peres remains very much under Roma’s employ. Sure, they never would have made it to the Champions League semi-finals without his miraculous toe-save, but by and large Peres’ Roma career has been nondescript, to put it kindly.
All of which brings us to today’s rumor, a potential move back to the New World. Brazilian club Sao Paulo are reportedly discussing an €8 million move for the 28-year-old Brazilian fullback.
While that’s a sight shorter than what they paid for him, at this point it’s probably the best Roma can do. Peres isn’t without merit, but for a variety of reasons his Roma career just never panned out.
So let’s hope he finds Sao Paulo suitable.