"Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?" is an adage to which procrastinators ascribe quite religiously and it's apparently one Roma have applied to their Alessandro Florenzi problem as well. After all our hand wringing yesterday about what the potential sale of Roma's homegrown captain meant about the soul of the club, Roma in essence just said "to hell with it, we'll worry about that later."
While it's obviously not quite that simple, Roma appears to have temporarily solved their Florenzi problem, as the players agent, Alessandro Lucci, apparently brokered this compromised solution yesterday at the club's offices in Trigoria.
According to Di Marzio's reports, Florenzi will move to Valencia on a dry loan, with no right or obligation for redemption, through June 30, 2020. In the absence of further details or direct quotes, we're only left to speculate how/why this deal ended up as a dry loan rather than a permanent transfer, as was reported yesterday. Reasonable conclusions include: the clubs not being able to settle on a transfer fee/formula, Valencia being unable to broker a new contract with Florenzi, or perhaps even Florenzi thinking he can rejuvenate his career and have more options come June, possibly even a return to Roma.
The bigger implications of this move won't come until July, so we'll have to reserve our final judgment and reflections until then, but dry loan or not, it’s not everyday that a club dispatches their captain mid-season.
We'll pass along updates as they come, but in the meantime, let's just hope this works out well for both parties over the next six months.