After 16 rounds of play, Roma sits only three points out of Italy's fourth and final Champions League place for next season (and potentially only two points if Serie A claims an additional spot when the UCL expands). Still, you wouldn't know it based on this week's headlines. From last week's disaster against Bologna to the cloudy futures of Lorenzo Pellegrini, José Mourinho, and even Tiago Pinto, Paulo Dybala's injury woes, and the Saudi League tempting Romelu Lukaku, the sky appears to be falling in Rome.
With so much uncertainty shrouding the club and the product on the pitch failing to meet expectations, the time feels ripe for change in the Eternal City. Or so says the Gazzetta dello Sport, who recently compiled a list of players likely to depart Roma over the next several months.
From the perpetually injured to players on dry loans to those who simply haven't been up to snuff, the GdS claims that the likes of Renato Sanches, Leonardo Spinazzola, Chris Smalling, Andrea Belotti, Zeki Celik, Houssem Aouar, and possibly Evan NDicka will be shown the door over the next two transfer windows, while impending free agents like Rui Patricio will not be re-signed this summer.
Now, that's an awful lot to digest, and if Roma reels off two or three straight wins, the winds may shift again. However, if there's even a kernel of truth behind this story, Roma could look dramatically different next season. Considering how poorly those names have played under Mourinho and how misguided some of the transfers were, should Mourinho and Pinto be given the chance to lead this reformation?
While we can't say for certain how the Gazzetta compiled this list, it does make sense. With two and possibly three straight years of sub-fourth-place performances, Dan Friedkin shouldn't be afraid to hit the reset button.
And if the Gazzetta is correct, the purge may begin next month.