Zaniolo and Santon Sign with Roma in a Swap Deal with Inter #271

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Monchi and James pallotta and the Roma board have been very active during this transfer window. We have seen the club make 6 signings already this summer as the Romans continue to add quality to the squad. This Roma team that made the Champions League semi-final last year and have added quality and depth to an already strong team. It has been one of the most productive Summers Roma’s have had in recent memory. Roma have signed a lot of players during this timeframe. But unfortunately losing players in the summer is part of this football business as Roma have seen a few players depart Stadio Olimpico. Roma’s backup goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski left for bologna and Roma youth star Marco Tumminello left for Atlanta Roma do have a Buy-Back clause in that deal. However Roma have been forced to make a very tough business decision regarding a player that Roma fans keep dear to their hearts. We have had to say goodbye to Radja Nainggolan a player affectionately loved by everyone associated with the club. He’s been tremendous in his Five Seasons showing great loyalty for the club unfortunately we couldn’t give him a Fairytail ending as the Belgian midfielder has been sold to Inter Milan to reunite with former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti. It is a deal that’s Roma couldn’t refuse and the club felt it was in the best interest of the club to cut thier losses despite the respect and love the club has for the Belgian. A swap deal plus cash has been struck between Roma and Inter Milan to finalize the deal. Roma agreed on a 24 + million deal Plus Inter Milan Academy product Nicolò Zaniolo and defender Davie Santon . The Inter Milan pair arrived at Rome’s International Airport earlier this week to complete the move Roma. Nicolò Zaniolo was Inter Milan top scorer in the youth league with 13 goals as well as 9 assists he also has been capped by Italy’s under-19 youth. The midfielder is just about to turn 19 years of age and can contribute on an already young and talented team. Meanwhile Santon will be looking to resurrect his career after going through some hard times over the last few seasons. He won the treble with Inter Milan as a youth player before eventually going to Newcastle before returning back to Milan where he was looking to get out of as The Inter Milan supporters were sending death threats to him. Both are so excited for this new Journey. Roma have wasted no time and getting a replacement Radja Nainggolan almost immediately after selling ham Roma have found and signed a replacement within hours. Roma have signed PSG midfielder Javier Pastore on a relatively cheap deal for a player who can come in and fill the void left by Radja on right away. In doing this deal Roma did not get any worse and they got a lot younger I will discuss the Javier Pastore deal further another time but it is clear with the signings Monchi is gunning for the league title and Roma are putting themselves in position to make that dream a reality.

 

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Comments and Thoughts From the New Romans

“I’m proud to get the opportunity to represent this club
“Now I have to demonstrate out on the pitch exactly what I can do.” -Zaniolo
“I cannot wait to get started and show everyone what I can do,” Santon said.
“Coming to Roma means a lot to me, I really wanted to make the move and being here now has given me a lot of motivation.” -Santon

Monchi on Santon and Zaniolo
“I am very pleased to welcome Nicolò to Trigoria,” Roma sporting director Monchi said.
“He has a talent that left a clear impression on us last season, a campaign in which he underlined why he is considered one of the most interesting prospects in Italian football.” “We know Davide and his ability very well, but what struck me most is his desire for a resurgence in his career,” Roma sporting director Monchi said.
“Davide is a versatile player, and the coach will be able to count on a lad who can comfortably play on both flanks.”

 

Nicolò Zaniolo

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The story on Nicolò has only just started he has yet to make a game in the Italian Top Flight but has been ripped it up in the youth league last season . The almost 19 year old started his career in the Florentina youth system before spending a season at the virtuous Antilla a team in Italy second division. He only made Seven senior appearances for the Serie B side in 2016. The Following Season he joined Inter Milan he spent the entire season on the youth team and was developing into one of the best talents in Italy. He terrorized the youth League scoring 13 goals and supplying eight assists last season. He was considered by many the best talent in the clubs Youth System. Not only was he making waves in the youth league but he was also making an impact on Italy’s under-19 team he has appeared in 13 games scoring four goals. He will only continue to get better as time goes on he’s finally on a team that will give him stability and opportunity to show what he can do this story has just begun there’s a lot that has yet to be written but I’m confident that he will do great things for this strong Roma team.

 

Davie Santon

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Joining the young star in Rome as a part of the Nainggolan deal is a veteran Defender who is looking to resurrect his career who desire to get out of the situation in Milan. He started his career as a youth player for Inter Milan. He spent three seasons In Inter’s youth before officially making his debut in Italian football. He was a part of the historic Inter Milan team who won the treble. He wasn’t a major part of that team but he made some contribution playing a fair amount of games during that time.. However he was not viewed as a vital part of that team as he was sent out on loan to Cessna which led to his ultimate departure. In two and a half Seasons playing for Inter Milan he won the league title twice the Italian cup twice as well as a Champions League Winner’s medal. He ended up leaving for England as he joined Newcastle United. During three seasons in the Premier League he was given the opportunity at game time he was a regular starter during his three seasons in England. The team was not all that successful but he made some good strides in the black and white shirt. He made 93 appearances for Newcastle scoring one goal during his second season. After his time in England he moved back to Inter Milan but much like the first time things did not go very well. He had an awkward relationship with the fans and Milan who really didn’t fall in love with him in fact there was a great animosity and hatred towards him. He had a desire to get out as he received death threats over some less-than-stellar performances. He ended up playing Four Seasons with Inter Milan before been granted his departure to try to Rediscover his career with last year’s Champions League semi finalists in The capital.

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This is a very strong Roma team this squad that has the capabilities for challenging the scudetto even without Nainggolan they’re as good as anybody right now. I don’t see either player coming in as an immediate starter but I believe both players can contribute. Santon will be used probably as a backup or a valuable sub for Alex Kolarov who is coming off a fantastic season a year ago he is getting up there in age and  possible you don’t want him to burn out in the season. Santon is very capable of filling in that spot I see him mainly as a left-back but can also play in the center if it’s necessary. This is more depth added to the defense and he will contribute when he’s called upon. It’s important to build a very strong defense on a title contending team with this signing Roma will add more depth to their second unit. I’m not going to pretend that this is groundbreaking but for a guy that’s looking to resurrect his career this is the place to be. Federico Fazio completely flopped when he was in England when he came to Roma he became a different player he is without a doubt one of the best defenders in the entire league he had no expectations coming in and was able to surpass it. Santon has the ability to do the same this team that features Kostas Manolas Federico Fazio Marcano Alexandro Florenzi Alex Kolarov Bruno Peres Juan Jesus and a very young Luca Pellegrini. There’s no guarantee that all those players will be there when the season kicks off in August but what I can say is this Santon will have an opportunity to start some games and make some good impact Off the Bench. I believe he can find his feet here in Rome he also brings experience he has won everything you can win in Italy and has won the Champions League. While he may not have been crucial in those title winning seasons he was a part of it so we has experience I don’t see him as a leader of this team but the experiences he has been through will surely be helpful to this team going forward. Zaniolo could spend some time with Roma’s youth team before making it full circle when the season starts he will be 19 years old. I fully expect him to be a part of the first team this season how crucial will he be it is uncertain at the moment but he will appear in some games for the Romans. This is a team full of young Talent with the likes of Gerson Lorenzo Pellegrini newly-signed Anton Coric and Justin kluivert. As well as Superstar Cengiz Under who broke through last season and even further than that Roma have Mirko Antonucci all really talented attacking options. Nicolò Zaniolo has a lot of young talent in front of him however with that being said he still good enough to make a contribution this season the amount he will play is unclear this moment but he is one of the most talented prospects in Italy so I see him making somewhat of an impact this season the sales of other players could open up opportunity but regardless of what happens he will be ready when the time comes he is only 19 years old he will only grow as the season progresses. Roma lost a key player this week someone who the Roma fans keep in their heart an incredible Talent but in the deal that sent Radja Nainggolan to Inter Roma have acquired two players that can make an impact this season how much only time will tell but both players add depth to their respective positions this team is getting better and better each day Monchi is not playing around. Both players are excited and determined to make an impact on a truly special team.

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