Two Serie A Clubs Set To Appoint New Sporting Directors Ahead Of The Summer Transfer Window

Written By Onyeka Daniel

With just one round of matches left before the end of the current season, clubs will start planning for the 2024-25 season and that will start with the coming summer transfer window and for some clubs, the appointment of a new sporting director is in order to help them navigate the transfer market.

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Consequently, Giovanni Manna has officially left Juventus ‘by mutual agreement’ so he’s ready to start a new chapter of his career at Napoli.Juventus have confirmed Manna’s exit with an official statement this morning.


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“Giovanni Manna and Juventus are parting ways,” the Bianconeri said. “A mutual agreement was reached for the termination of his contract.“ Manna leaves the Club after five seasons, during which time he oversaw the Youth Sector as the Head of the Under-19s team and then of the Under-23s—now the Next Gen—as Sports Director.

His objective was to work on the growth of the young players on the side. “We want to take this opportunity to thank Giovanni for the work he has done with the utmost professionalism over the last five years, and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

Manna is now expected to join Napoli becoming the Partenopei’s sporting director. Curiously, current Juventus sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli also jumped ship from Napoli after their Scudetto triumph last season.

He is expected to oversee the club’s restructuring alongside Aurelio De Laurentiis, starting with the appointment of a new manager to replace Francesco Calzona before they can shift focus towards strengthening the team in synergy with the new coach.


In a related development, Florent Ghisolfi is set to be appointed by Roma as their new sporting director, but the Frenchman will be once again dealing with a tight transfer budget. OGC Nice director Ghisolfi will be the new Roma director, as confirmed by the Ligue 1 side’s president Jean-Pierre Rivere.

The Frenchman will replace Tiago Pinto who left the Giallorossi after the January transfer window, five months before the end of his contract. According to a report from Italian transfer expert Matteo Moretto, there won’t be much changes to the Giallorossi transfer strategy.

“I think Roma will look for players who can come in at an economical price, and then sell them on at a profit, or focus on players that with the potential to become stars down the line,” said Moretto. Roma will have to make some changes even if Ghisolfi will be dealing with a limited transfer budget.

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Multiple sources claim Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea after the end of his loan spell but according to Moretto there is “little certainty” about the future of the Belgium international, scorer of 21 goals in 46 appearances with the Giallorossi this season.

His situation might take a different turn if Roma are able to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, but that decision is totally out of their hands at the moment. The same goes for Paulo Dybala who has a year left in his contract and a €12m clause valid for clubs outside Serie A and €20m for Italian clubs, which can be activated until July 30.

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