It has long been a given that Gianluca Petrachi would be the next sporting director of AS Roma. Jim Pallotta and company had the Torino man lined up before the Serie A season even reached its conclusion. However, there was always one small issue; Petrachi has a contract with Torino through the end of the 2020 season.
With this in mind, Torino President Urbano Cairo was never going to let one of his prized front office assets leave without a fight. Or at least without some form of compensation. Cairo has played hardball with Petrachi and Roma since the capital club identified the Pugliese born DS as its man; going so far as saying that Petrachi would be going nowhere. Of course, that was a negotiating ploy in itself, but Cairo was making it clear: this wouldn’t be easy.
Well, according to reports, it looks like Roma and Torino have finally come to agreement on proper compensation to allow Petrachi to get out of his Torino contract early and make his way to the Italian capital. Torino has agreed to take on a Roma Primavera prospect Freddi Greco back in return for Petrachi.
Greco is an 18 year old central midfielder who born in Madagascar, but holds Italian citizenship. He joined Alberto De Rossi’s Primavera side this past season, making 32 total appearances; scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists. Greco has also represented Italy at both the U17 and U19 levels.
As part of the deal, Roma retain 30% of any future sale of Greco by Torino. With compensation agreed on, Petrachi will be free to sign with the Giallorossi when the new Serie A calendar year begins on July 1st. Expect Petrachi to get right to work as he tries to build a squad for new manager Paulo Fonseca before Europa League qualifying begins later in July.