As Roma fans we’ve grown accustomed to two things: the sale of key players come summer and the injection of that cash straight into UEFA’s coffers. Given all their FFP problems over the past few years, reaping huge pay days on the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah seldom leads to a fresh injection of talent on the pitch. But now that Roma has effectively shirked FFP and have €75 million burning a hole in their pocket from today’s Alisson sale, will they spend it or squirrel it away for a rainy day?
One thing is for certain, some of that will go to a keeper; be it Robin Olsen or Alphonse Areola, a portion of that cheddar has to be reinvested in between the sticks. However, if you read the tea leaves, EDF seems hell bent on acquiring another wide player, someone to compete with the likes of Cengiz Ünder, Diego Perotti and Justin Kluivert, among others.
The natural assumption was always that EDF would be reunited with his golden boy, Domenico Berardi. However, and full credit to them, Sassuolo remain reluctant to let Berardi leave for anything short of their €30 million valuation. While that would have been a steal a few years ago, Berardi has lost some of his luster and barely seems worth half that amount.
So, what are we talking about here? Are Roma going for the pie in the sky option, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, whom the Viola value at a reported €80 million? Maybe, but that would require shipping along another player to cut some of the cash out of that deal. Nope, we’re taking aim at the mess in Milan once more.
Word on the streets has it that Roma are interested in AC Milan winger and Spanish talent, Jesús Fernández Saez, a/k/a Suso. The 24-year-old winger is no stranger to transfers, having played for four teams over the past six seasons, but seems to have settled into life in Italy. Over the past two seasons Suso has come into his own, scoring 13 goals and dishing out 16 assists in league play. While Suso is largely a right winger, he can play more centrally and even in a midfield role, and is known for his ability on the ball and fondness for cutting in.
Suso, of course, could be one of many Milan players who jump ship in the wake of their organizational crisis, but that doesn’t mean he’ll come cheap. Currently valued at €35 million, Suso will cost a tad more than Berardi but a sight less than Chiesa, Ziyech or Bordeaux winger, Malcom, who clocks in at €45 million.
Suso may not be the sexiest name on the market, but he is a hell of a player, the perfect blend of scoring and playmaking...and he’s the inverted right winger we all know EDF drools over.
This isn’t the sort of move that would garner worldwide acclaim, but Suso would bring a dangerous element to Roma’s attack.