Roma are currently without a sporting director as Tiago Pinto has left the club, and François Modesto is the frontrunner to replace him. The Giallorossi have inquired about a few options from abroad but have zeroed in on the current Monza exec, Corriere dello Sport relays.
The official spoke with the ownership at the beginning of January. The higher-ups are leaning toward hiring somebody who already knows Serie A. In addition, he already worked with CEO Lino Souloukou in the past. They’d like to do away with the skirmishes that were frequent with José Mourinho in the dugout.
Modesto hasn’t put pen to paper with Roma yet, but the official announcement might come relatively soon to start preparing for the summer window. The brass would rather go in a different direction compared to their recent past, when they often signed veterans or players on loan.
The acquisition of Tommaso Baldanzi was a first step. Moreover, they didn’t insert any of their youngsters in such a deal despite the request. The brightest ones will be part of the future squad or sold to address their financial needs.
If he takes over Roma, Modesto will be tasked with recording plusvalenze for €50M by the end of June. Their owner obtained a €10M buffer to include Baldanzi in their UEFA list, but it was a one-off. The director previously worked at Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest before the call from Monza.
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