Another day, another goalkeeper connected to Roma. While we've spent most of the winter hashing over the merits of bridging the Morgan De Sanctis to whomever gap with players like Petr Cech, Samir Handanovic and even Hugo Lloris, today Roma were connected to another shot stopper, PSG's Peninsular Portieri, Salvatore Sirigu, who oddly enough might be made redundant by Lloris' own speculative move to PSG.
Sirigu, as you may recall, rose to prominence seemingly out of nowhere, going from a second choice keeper at Palermo back in 2009 to starting for the Nouveau Riche Parisians a mere two years later. Since arriving in the City of Lights, Sirigu has been a main stay, making over 130 appearances since 2011, helping PSG lift five trophies and earning back-to-back keeper of the year awards in 2013 and 2014, during which time he kept a clean sheet in more than 50% of his appearances, including an astounding 69% in 2012-2013.
Sirigu only recently signed a four year extension with the club, one that will keep him in Paris through 2018, so why on earth they'd be so quick to replace him is a mystery to me; but that's what folks with money do; spend for the sake of spending.
While Roma will reportedly vie with Napoli and Inter for his services, this could be an absolute coup of a signing, particularly if PSG succeeds in landing Lloris before jettisoning Sirigu, making them an eager seller. Gianluigi Buffon may be the past and Mattia Perin the future, but at 28-years-old and with a sterling resume, Sirigu is the here and now of Italian goal keeping.
If Roma were ever going to splash the cash for a top keeper, this is the guy. He isn't a stop gap, he isn't a prospect, he's the real motherfucking deal. Pay what it takes and Roma won't have to worry about their last line of defense for a decade.