We may have started off the summer pondering the intricacies of the Serie A Femminile transfer market, but we spent the past few weeks struggling to keep pace with the news. Not only did we find out whose calling the shots for the Giallorosse (Massimo Tarantino, who handles a similar role for the youth teams), Roma landed eight new signings in the month of July alone, providing Roma with a more diverse, deeper and arguably more talented roster than last season's debut squad.
Headlined by the signing of World Cup standout Manuela Giugliano, Roma added new faces to every section of the team. In goal, they added Romanian Camelia Ceasar to push Rosalia Pipitone for playing time, while they added Italy U19 international Tecla Pettenuzzo and right back Kaja Erzen to replace the departed Emma Lipman and Jenny Bitzer, respectively. Up top they replaced Martina Piemonte and Luisa Pugnali with Amalie Thestrup, Andressa and yesterday's signee, Frenchwoman Lindsey Thomas, while the midfield was kitted out with Giguliano and Andrine Hegerberg. The complete roster can be found here.
Of the new faces, Giugliano and Andressa figure to make the largest impact, with the former likely to team with Giada Greggi and Vanessa Bernauer in midfield, while Andressa should take the minutes soaked up by Piemonte and Pugnali last season. Roma's midfield was a source of strength last year, one that figures to be even more potent with the addition of Giugliano, but the Giallorosse didn't get a ton of production from their strikers, so Andressa has a golden opportunity to make a name for herself in Italy if she can find her form early and often.
Roma's season kicks off on September 14th, so look for our season previews to begin in late August.