ROME – A notice on Instagram, which was caught by reporters: I’m on my way. Four words for an appointment, once landed in Fiumicino: “I will speak on August 13”, on the eve of the first season. José Mourinho chooses the strategy of silence for his second summer as Roma manager. Not unlike last year, actually, when he was silent for a month and a half. In that case, however, the blackout was preceded by the pompous presentation conference in the Capitol, when generic issues were addressed between historical quotations and technical programming. This time, however, his attitude seems like a message: with the market open, with an incomplete team, it is better to avoid fueling internal tensions. Instead, standing in front of the cameras to tell lies to the fans, who adore him without reserve, would not be like him.
After all, Mourinho had anticipated him in Tirana, at the moment of absolute happiness: “I’ll stay with Roma, I can be more or less happy but I won’t move from here.” The continuity pact was respected. Love hasn’t changed. The mood, on the other hand, does. At the team meeting, which awaits the national team next Monday, only two reinforcements appeared at no cost: the very faithful Maticon which he convinced the Friedkins to invest, and the second goalkeeper Svilar. The full back Celik will arrive next week, the other purchases who knows. Meanwhile, from last season’s group came Mkhitaryan, painfully lost to Tiago Pinto, and Sergio Oliveira, who was a good alternative in midfield, not to mention Maitland-Niles who was an irrelevant and temporary addition. It is clear that, like many colleagues, Mourinho expects a more rewarding market, compatibly with the difficulties of the economic situation and with the heavy losses of the club. He would like a striker (Dybala) and a half-winger to score, as well as a left-handed central who can integrate the defense: three potential owners, not three random names.
The problem is that Roma, grappling with the Zaniolo case and with 11 redundancies to settle, cannot satisfy him until he unties his knots. Last week, during the meeting in Rimini, Tiago Pinto asked Sassuolo to wait for him for Frattesi precisely because, according to the company’s diktat, he must first sell. And now maybe he won’t take it anymore. He was able to formalize the purchase of Celik immediately after closing the Florenzi deal with Milan. The real exam now is this: Tiago Pinto has to collect a lot of money from the sales, after making two wrong purchases (Viña and Shomurodov, total 30.5 million plus bonuses) and having concluded only one satisfactory outgoing deal (Pau Lopez plus Ünder for over 20 million in total, thanks to Marseille who relaunched them) in three transfer sessions. Otherwise Mourinho will be “less happy” and the Friedkins will be disappointed. Despite the fresh memory of a cup won.
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