For a man who has been a resounding success and a stalwart leader since arriving prior to last season, the press surrounding Morgan De Sanctis, from nearly his first day in Rome, was who was going to replace him? Mind you, this is a straight cause and effect relationship stemming from Roma's deplorable record of developing goalkeepers in-house. Just for a frame of reference, Gianluca Curci, Roma's last legitimate goalkeeping prospect, still just 29, has only made 63 appearances for his hometown club, while Lukasz Skorupski, who has all the physical tools one craves, has seemingly been written off after all of 14 performances.
Hey, look at that, Roma's impatience with youth players extends all the way to the backline, neat!
But, despite his sterling record with Roma—38 cleansheets in only 77 appearances—MDS will likely hang up his gloves after his contract expires in June of 2016, undoubtedly to begin an equally stellar administrative/coaching career.
This, understandably, leaves Roma in a bit of a pickle. With their perpetual shoestring budget and their latent FPP concerns, Roma cannot afford a top of line, in the prime of his career keeper, nor can they, given their ambitions, rely on someone as unproven as Skorupski. Due to this strange set of circumstances, Roma are locked in the middle of a desperate search for a keeper who is simultaneously experienced, cheap and not so long in the tooth. Because those are easy to find, right?
Enter (once again), Inter Milan's Samir Handanovic, who is reportedly seeking an exit from the Nerazzurri despite having a year remaining on his contract. The pros of this move are obvious: at 30-years-old, he's got plenty of viable years ahead of him, while his resume is packed with stellar Serie A experience. The cons, well, those are being distilled many miles away in Manchester, as the Red Devils are reportedly keen on the Slovenian as a potential replacement for David De Gea, provided his girlfriend has grown sufficiently bored of life in Northern England.
United, as you may have heard, are fond of a number of Roma players, present or potentially, including Miralem Pjanic, Kevin Strootman and even Radja Nainggolan. To which I say, back up off our shit, you Mancs.
Whatever the case may be, it appears as though Morgan De Sanctis will be relegated to early Coppa matches and midweek mop-up duty next season. Not exactly a fitting end to his brief but excellent Roma career, but he availed himself quite well in his two seasons with the Giallorossi.
Whoever steps between the sticks next season will not only have to fill the shoes of MDS and Skorupski, but those of Maarten Stekelenburg, Doni, Bogdan Lobont, Mauro Goicoechea and Julio Sergio Bertagnoli.
Good luck, mystery man. You'll need it.