Mourinho and Roma Faithful Wish Club Was More Daring

José Mourinho has clear ideas about how to reinforce the Roma squad in January, but they collide with the economic limitations of the team. The coach hasn’t spared cutting remarks towards Tiago Pinto, but the director is merely executing the mandate of the ownership and has to abide by the parameters of the Financial Fair Play.

According to La Repubblica, the Giallorossi have to turn in a profit in the transfer market and can’t raise their payroll and the weight of amortizations on their balance sheets. While they have room to maneuver thanks to their summer move as far as the first restriction is concerned, the other two are very restraining. Therefore, they need to sell players before adding, and loans wouldn’t cut it.

If the Special One had his way, Roma would sign Davide Frattesi, Emmanuel Ndicka, and Alvaro Odriozola in the next window. The Sassuolo midfielder would cost around €20M, the Eintracht Frankfurt defender €10M, while the Real Madrid outcast would likely join on a temporary spell. But they would have to seriously cut costs first. Plus, they already added €1.2M to their wages bill with the signing of Ola Solbakken.

The Friedkin family has invested over €700M since they took over the club and tightened the belt this year. The UEFA rules and the project for the new stadium played a major role in their strategic shift. The Giallorossi will likely make just moves around the fringes in January. However, a few of their current contributors underperformed in the first half of the season. They hope they will bounce back to compete for a top-four finish.

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