Days after Monchi secured the signing of Croatian Talent Ante Coric from Dinamo Zagreb for around six million the Roma sporting director drove into the transfer market then pulled off another deal. With depth needed and the defense Monchi and his Roma Representatives has struck a deal with FC Porto Defender Ivan Marcano. The 30 year old journeyman who has spent time in Spain Greece Russia and Portugal has joined Roma on a free transfer upon his expiring contract with the Portuguese champions. Marcano flew to Rome yesterday afternoon as he arrived at Rome International Airport to undergo a medical that took place this morning. The Spanish Defender agreed on a 3-year deal that runs until 2021 the contract also will include a fourth option that will be activated when certain conditions are met. He joined a Roma team that had the third best defense in the league last season. Marcano will add depth and experience to one of the up-and-coming teams in Italian football. Marcano spent the last 4 years in Portugal a Porto team that won the league title won the Russian super cup with Rubin Kazan as well as winning two League titles in Greece alongside Roma Defender Kostas Manolas. Roma’s new signing had this to say about his move to the capital city. ” I am very happy to be here because Rome is a great Club that’s moving in the right direction following a clear sporting project I also believe that the football philosophy of this team will fit my strengths and characteristics” in addition to that Monchi had this to say about Roma’s new signing ” the signing of Ivan Morocco is the addition of a player who will bring his quality is physical strength and vast experience is to the club” so far this summer Roma have brought in true quality signings for a combined six million once again showing that why he’s one of the best directors in the transfer market. The Roma sporting director has been very busy and is currently in negotiations with Ajax teenager Patrick Kluivert nice midfielder Michael Jean Seri and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante many deals that are going to be discussed over the next few days. A very good start to the summer as Roma fully expect the reload for the coming year
As a veteran Defender in Ivan Marcano who has been somewhat of a journeyman during his career. This is Marcano’s 7th team he has played for he truly defines what a journeyman is in European football. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though he adds experience and Leadership to this Roma side. Marcano started his career in 1997 playing for the Real Racing Santander youth team his local Club. Real Racing is not considered one of the more glamorous Club in Spain as they are closer to the bottom of the Spanish football pyramid at the current time . As real racing Santander is in a third tier a Spanish football but we a decent team back then in La Liga. Marcano spent 8 years in the youth setup from 1997 to 2005 before getting promoted to Real Racing B Team. He would end up spending one and a half Seasons with the B Team. During this time Real Racing where in La Liga. Making 42 appearances over that time before getting called up to Real Racing’s first team in 2007. His stint with his local team will be quite brief once he got called up to the main side he struggled with injuries during that first season only making two appearances. During his second year with the first team he did quite well making 36 appearances scoring two goals. During his time with real racing he was mainly deployed of the left-back but also occasionally played center back as well. His performances impressed as The Following season in 2009 he was lured Away by a strong La Liga side as Villarreal offered him a deal. He ended up just spending one season was Villarreal during his lone season there he was primarily a first-choice left back poor performances led to do him being phased out. He made 18 appearances for Villareal scoring just one goal As Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga. Due to his poor performances he was loaned out to Madrid side Getafe. He largely benefited from injuries to some of the regular starters as he got plenty of playing time making 27 appearances throughout the season. He scored just one goal but it was influential in the teams survival battle as they narrowly survived relegation. he returned to Villarreal after his loan expired only to be sent out on loan again to Greek Giants Olympiacos. A country in which he crossed paths with Roma Center back Kostas Manolas who was playing for Athens FC at the time. Olympiacos ended up winning the league title and the Greek Cup as he won his first piece of silverware in his career putting in a career year he was a regular starter at left back making 41 appearances as well as showing that he is a defensive goal threat scoring 5 goals across all competitions. Despite his breakout season Villarreal still were not interested and keeping him he was sold to Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan.
Marcano ended up spending two seasons in Russia as he continued his development. In his debut season he picked up another trophy as Rubin Kazan won the Russian Cup in 2012. He made 61 appearances in Russia scoring two goals in the two years he was there. But as the journeyman but he became he would be on the move again to a familiar place. He Returned to Greece as he rejoined Olympiacos on loan. This time around Roma Center back Kostas Manolas was his teammate. The two of them played exceptionally well together as they led Olympiacos to the league title. By The Following season Kostas Manolas and Marcano made moves to bigger clubs. Manolas as we know ended up signing for Roma. Then Marcano got a big move to FC Porto. He settled well in Portugal he wasn’t going to be a World Cup player for Spain but he proved while in Portugal he’s a very solid Defender that can contribute. During his time in Portugal Benfica dominated as they won the league title three of the Four Seasons. Porto ended up finishing 2nd,3rd and 2nd before this season. However Marcano got Champions League football regularly he was a part of the team that prevented Roma from reaching the Champions League group stage in 2016. In his final season Portugal they finally won the league title as he was a key part of their defense. He ended up becoming a leader and a defensive Mastermind in their league title win. During his Four Seasons for Porto he made 157 appearances scoring 14 goals. He once again developed into a defensive goal scoring threat having scored 12 goals in his last two seasons. He spent a fair amount of time in Portugal it was a league he thrived in and was able to be a big contributor on a Champions League team. He eventually let his contract expire joining Roma for no cost trying to challenge himself on an even bigger stage.
Another solid deal completed by Roma. It’s never a bad thing to have depth at a position this certainly adds depth and a leader in the defense. Roma just pulled off a deal getting an experienced Defender who has played in multiple countries for no price at all. He’s not at the level of maybe many of the Roma starters but to get him for absolutely no price is a another incredible bargain from Monchi. Since he’s taking over as sporting director he has pulled off some really great moves for the first time and years I have no concerns as far as the business being made in the transfer market although Walter sabatini brought in Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan who have been incredible players for this club. Under Monchi Roma are pulling off deals for incredible value. You see Under for example who Roma bought from Turkey for 13 million last year who now is a 50 million value player. Marcano adds depth and Leadership to an already very strong defense which had the third best defensive rating in Italian football last season decreasing goals conceded from the year-earlier by over 10 goals. I honestly see him as a valuable sub and occasional starter you don’t want to rock the boat too much but it’s always good to add depth. He joins a defensive unit that features Alex Kolarov former teammates Kostas Manolas World Cup bound Federico Fazio as well as the very versatile Alexandra Florenzi. Not to mention Roma already have good value under backups Bruno Peres and Juan Jesus who have both played important roles last season. However that being said I think Marcano can add some real value to this already strong team what intrigues me him is his ability to score from the defense. Roma have Defenders that are capable of scoring with the likes of Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio often getting in those positions but adding another option especially in the attacking sense a guy who scored seven goals last season as a Defender can really add some real value to this team. Kolarov and Florenzi although play defense are more attacking minded players adding Marcano also ads a highly intelligent defender who can make up for the lack of defensive qualities from Kolarov and Florenzi. Marcano is a highly-skilled passer who can use his passing ability to get an attack started. In all likelihood he will not be a starter but he is someone who can make an impact in big games. I think he will be occasionally started like I’ve mentioned already this adds great depth and it didn’t cost Roma anything.
After signing the paperwork, Marcano sat down with Roma TV to discuss his move.
“I am very happy to be here, and at the same time I’m excited,” Marcano said. “I cannot wait to start playing.”
You had other offers, but in the end you chose Roma. Why was that?
“I chose Roma because it is a great club and it has a great history: the club is progressing well, has an interesting project going – and I think the playing style also fits well with my characteristics.”
Did you watch any of Roma’s games from the past season? What did you think?
“I watched almost all of their games in the Champions League, and a few in the league too. It’s a great squad, that they demonstrated: finishing third in a very difficult championship and enjoying a great run in the Champions League. They have a nice playing style.”
You played alongside Kostas Manolas in Greece…
“I know all the players, but obviously I know Manolas personally – as we played alongside one another in Greece, where we won the title.”
What memories do you have of facing Roma in the Champions League?
“If I am not wrong we faced each other two seasons ago, in the play-off to reach the Champions League group stage. On that occasion we won, but I think we were fortunate in some respects and it was really clear that Roma were a top side.”
What did Monchi say to you?
“He is pleased to have me here and I hope I can contribute in the best way possible got earn the trust of everyone.”
What are your aims for the coming season?
“As a group, we want to finish as high up the table as possible. From a personal perspective I want to do everything I can to help my teammates.”
Do you have a message for the fans?
“I want to thank them for the welcome they have given me, we will do everything we can to ensure Roma finishes as high as possible.