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Roma Set To Announce Their New Sporting Director And Will Not Have To Pay Any Severance Fee Too

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Early this year in January, there was a couple of changes at Roma with the club deciding to part ways with their manager, Jose Mourinho and soon after in February, their sporting director, Tiago Pinto decided to walk away from the club.

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Now the Giallorossi are set to announce him replacement and after much speculations, it looks like they’ve settled on the choice of Florent Ghisolfi from OGC Nice as their next sporting director. Now, there’s further good news on the matter.

According to reports in France, Roma will not have to pay a release clause to secure his services. Multiple sources in recent weeks pointed towards Ghisolfi to take over their transfer strategy from next season, after Tiago Pinto decided to walk away.


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There were some concerns as to whether they would be able to remove him from his contractual obligations with OGC Nice. Now a report from Footmercato insists that no payment will be necessary, as Ghisolfi will be free to sign for Roma this summer.

This is because Ghisolfi plans to hand in his resignation, which Nice will accept following negotiations, effectively terminating the contract by mutual consent.

Roma have been through quite a few different directors in recent years, including Spaniard Monchi and they were also linked with a move for Monza’s Francois Modesto, while Pinto has been linked with English Premier League side, Newcastle United. Ghisolfi only turned 39 in February and has been in the OGC Nice role since October 2022.

Meanwhile…

Napoli have reportedly been in contact with Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini this week, in regards to a potential appointment as successor to current Partenopei coach Francesco Calzona, according to the latest updates in Italy.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio and Sky Sport Italia, Napoli made ‘new’ contact with Gasperini, who is understood to be club President Aurelio De Laurentiis’ first choice candidate for the job. Recent reports suggest that Antonio Conte is also right up the top of Napoli’s wishlist. De Laurentiis hinted earlier in the month that he was a big believer in Gasperini, after what has been a massively successful season for La Dea.

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Atalanta currently find themselves in fifth place in Serie A, which will be enough to qualify for the Champions League, as Italy have gained an additional spot for the 2024-25 tournament. They are also due to play Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final at the end of the month, and took part in another final on Wednesday, ultimately losing 1-0 to Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

As well as De Laurentiis, Giovanni Manna, who is rumoured to be the next Napoli sporting director, is also a fond admirer of Gasperini’s.The coach himself is understood to be perfectly happy with his position in Bergamo and is under contract until the summer of 2025. Recent reports elsewhere suggest that Atalanta are keen to table a new contract extension for the 66-year-old.

It is now being reported that De Laurentiis is prepared to hold out for Gasperini. The coach is expected to consult his current employers before making a decision either way. Antonio Conte also remains a firm favourite, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. However, if Napoli are not able to convince him or Gasperini, then the back-up options reportedly include current Milan boss Stefano Pioli and Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano.

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