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Roma Midfielder Ready For Saudi Arabia Move As The Club Identify The Perfect Candidate For Their Sporting Director Role

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It has been a season of ups and downs for AS Roma as the Giallorossi seemed to struggle under Jose Mourinho, until the club legend, Daniele De Rossi was put in charge, and he looks to have stabilized things, but for Portuguese midfielder, Renato Sanches, things haven’t really gotten better.

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So, it is logical to assume that he will first return to his parent club at the end of the season and then he will leave Paris Saint-Germain in this summer’s transfer window, with Saudi Arabia making sense as a next destination for him, according to Jonathan Johnson.

Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside for the latest edition of his Daily Briefing, the French football expert provided some insight into Sanches’ situation.

He stated that his current wages at PSG might make him a complicated target for many European clubs to afford. Sanches has not exactly impressed during his spell on loan with Roma, so Johnson doesn’t expect there to be a long list of clubs queuing up for his signature.


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Instead, the Saudi Pro League seeming like a good option for the Portugal international to revive his career for a couple of years before perhaps then returning to Europe to try again to succeed in a major league. Given that Sanches was not part of Luis Enrique’s plans for this season, Johnson assumes he surely won’t be involved in the first-team at the Parc des Princes next term either.

“Things have not gone brilliantly for Renato Sanches on loan at Roma this season, and it’s not easy to see where he goes next as he’s set to return to PSG. It feels similar to the Georginio Wijnaldum saga, so maybe Sanches could tread a similar path and go somewhere like Saudi Arabia,” Johnson said.“ Still, at this moment in time it’s difficult to be sure what will happen next with Sanches.

“One thing that seems likely is that he won’t be part of what Luis Enrique wants to do next season, so it’s logical to assume he’ll be on the move and looking for a transfer, but who might be interested in taking him after a disappointing spell at both PSG and Roma remains to be seen.

“I could see Sanches perhaps looking for an opportunity in Saudi Arabia to get his career back on track, and then an opportunity to bounce back in Europe after that. For now, though, his wages at PSG make most moves in Europe difficult for him – any interested teams would probably want him on loan first, so either he goes out on loan again or he ends up making a permanent move away to somewhere like Saudi before then getting picked up by a European team again in a year or two if he’s rebounded sufficiently.”

He further added. This seems to suggests that the Giallorossi would not be making his loan move a permanent transfer as De Rossi seems to favour the likes of Leandro Paredes, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Bryan Cristante in the midfield.

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According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Roma have chosen OGC Nice’s Florent Ghisolfi as their new sporting director. They parted ways with Tiago Pinto in February this year and according to the report, they are on the verge of hiring Florent Ghisolfi to replace the Portuguese.

Multiple sources seems to confirm that the 39-year-old has been chosen for the job. Over the last few months, other candidates have been linked with the role, including Monza’s François-Joseph Modesto, Nicolas Burdisso, and Frederic Massara.

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Corriere dello Sport claims Roma owners have been evaluating different candidates since February with the support of Retexo Intelligence, a company that helps football clubs study and identify the personnel that match their requirements.

Ghisolfi reportedly ticks all the boxes for Roma, especially the club’s desire to remain competitive and financially sustainable. French media confirmed that Roma representatives met Ghisolfi twice over the last few weeks, and the French director’s plan for the team’s development satisfied the Giallorossi owners and directors.

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