It has been a very active transfer window for Monchi James Pallotta and Roma. The Romans have carried on with their business late in the transfer window with just three days remaining their was a late move coming out the Italian capital. Monchi has quietly made magic with some of their signings adding young talents with the arrivals of Justin Kluivert, Anton Coric, Nicolò Zaniolo, and William Bianda. A superstar arrived in Bryan Cristante as well experienced players that can make a instant impact with Javier Pastore. Not to mention they brought in a replacement at goalkeeper signing world cup star Robin Olsen at a fraction of the cost of the sale of Alisson. As well as a few more deals that have added depth for this Roma squad with the capabilities and the potential to win multiple league titles despite selling Alisson and Nainggolan Monchi is building European superpower in Rome it wont happen overnight but it is brewing Roma may not be considered among Europe’s elite yet. However with a Champions League semi-final last season has proven this team is on the rise even after losing players this Roma team is thriving Monchi’s project has shown great positives as this team is one to be reckoned with in the future. Roma have only added to the tremendous summer they have had added a player with extreme quality. A deal that looked like it just wasn’t going to happen but in a late plot twist with only three days left in the transfer window Monchi and James Pallotta were able to pull off a massive deal for a World Cup winner. Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi has been one of Roma’s top transfer targets all summer the defensive midfielder also had interest from Barcelona and has been a long time target of Arsenal but it looked like he was heading to Rome ahead of the interest. Sevilla were in constant contacts negotiations had seemingly taken place for months now despite some minor setbacks Monchi was determined to bring Nzonzi to Rome having been the man to bring him to Sevilla while acting as Sevilla sporting director he was Roma’s number one transfer Target going into the summer. Coming off a World Cup title with France Nzonzi was looking for a move to a big Club Roma very early was one of his preferred destinations and was the favorite to land him given Monchi’s relationship with the club. Roma put in an opening bid of 25 million euros as the talks were on going throughout much of the summer after sening their opening bid rejected by Sevilla. At one point it had looked like the deal was coming to an end but it just dragged on Nzonzi had a 30 million Euro release clause in his contract and the La Liga side was determined to require Roma to pay the release clause in full amount. On Monday Roma agreed on personal terms with the player agreeing on a four-year deal with the player agreeing on €3.5m per season which makes him one of the higest earners at the club. Eventually the two sides agreed on a 26 million dollar deal with 4 million in bonuses covering the cost of his release clause. The player flew to Rome Tuesday afternoon as he was greeted by fans at Rome’s International Airport being met my Monchi as they took a car to Roma’s training facilities with a medical scheduled for Nzonzi on Tuesday afternoon. He underwent medical examination passing the exams before officially being announced as a Roma player making him the 12th signing of the summer he will wear the number 42 for the Romans Nzonzi is coming off the winning world cup he had previously played 6 seasons in the premier league for Blackburn and Stoke City respectfully before joining up with Monchi in 2015 playing for Sevilla in La liga the last three seasons as he went tone to win the Europea league in 2016. After finally earning his big move he was enthusiastic about his long awaited arrival in Rome.
“I feel very happy to be here, and to be a new Roma player,” Nzonzi said.
“I always want to improve – regardless of age, the most important thing is to give your best and work hard. I want to do that, to become a better player and help the team with my play and experience.I really felt that the club wanted me to come. This is why I am here, and I’m happy to join such a big club the most important thing is always the goal of the team. My personal goal is to improve my game, but the team’s objective is more important. For any footballer, winning trophies is the highest it gets. It’s not easy to win, but that is what we work for. Even if it’s hard to win, we aim for this. Hopefully we’ll do our best to try to win.”
– Roma new Signing Steven Nzonzi
“Steven is a footballer with a mix of physical and technical qualities that we think will really add to the players that we already have here with his arrival, we have even more quality and competition in midfield.”
– Roma Sporting Director Monchi
Steven Nzonzi would become a World Cup champion and regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. As a young child he played for many youth Academies throughout France his footballing career started in 1999 as he played in the Youth System of his local Club Racing Paris a team in the very bottom of the French football pyramid. After just a year with Racing he joined the Academy of one of the biggest teams in France Paris Saint-Germain. While with PSG he was originally a striker due to his abnormal height for an 11 year old. He transitioned from Striker then was played as an attacking midfielder before eventually becoming a defensive midfielder he spent just three years as a part of PSG that Youth System before ultimately moving to yet another Academy. He spent a year with CA Lisieux then another year with Caen and Beauvais he then spent two years with Amiens. At 19 years old he made his senior debut with Amiens who was in France’s second division. He only made 5 appearances that first season before going on to play 36 games in the 2008-2009 season scoring just one goal. Despite being such a young age he still attracted the interests of Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. He joined Rovers for a fee of $650,000 at just 21 years old he made the move to one of the biggest leagues in the world with an opportunity to prove himself and grab the attention of the world. He became one of the Premier League most exciting young players. He was instrumental in helping Blackburn achieve a top 10 finish as well as making it to the semi-finals of The League Cup. In his debut season in 38 games he scored 2 goals as Blackburn finished 10th. Under Sam Allardyce in his second season he found himself down in a pecking order despite his excellent first year in England. When big Sam was sacked from Blackburn Nzonzi recaptured himself as a key player of the squad. Blackburn finished 15th as Nzonzi scored one goal in 24 appearances. In his final season in the blue and white shirt despite making it to the quarterfinals of The League Cup Blackburn were atrocious throughout the campaign finishing 19th as they were relegated from the Premier League he scored two goals in 34 appearances as Nzonzi headed for the exit door after the conclusion of the season. Nzonzi stayed in the Premier League signing for Stoke City on a 3 million transfer. He instantly became Stoke City’s best player as he continued to make waves in England he was being viewed as one of the most underrated players in the league. Stoke City finished 13th his first season had massive contributions to the team as he was developing into an exceptional defensive midfielder. Over the next two seasons Stoke City were able to achieve back to back top 10 finishes finishing 9th in back-to-back season. It was a tremendous success for a team the size of Stoke City he was a massive part of them being able to sustain themselves in the top 10 of the Premier League. He was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and proved it week in and week out unfortunately for stoke it did not go unnoticed as he would be on the move being brought to Spain by a guy named Monchi. In three seasons with Stoke City he made 120 appearances scoring seven goals Stoke City derailed after his departure as there was a massive power vacuum. Stoke City sustained one more 9th Place finish before they crashed out within 2 years being relegated to the championship. After his time in England he was swayed to Spain by Sevilla’s then sporting director Monchi. Monchi is viewed as one of the most intelligent directors in football as he thought that Nzonzi was crucial for his Club continuing its success. Sevilla captured the services of Nzonzi for seven million which at that time seems like such a small amount for an incredible player. Nzonzi flourished in his debut season in Spain making 46 appearances scoring 4 goals as he was a big part of Sevilla making it to the final of the Copa del Rey and winning the Europa League as Sevilla beat Liverpool to win the competition for the third year in a row. Despite finishing seventh That season Sevilla proved to have made great strides for the coming year. The next season Unai Emery left for PSG after three consecutive Europa League titles. It didn’t even seem to have an effect under Jorge Sampaoli Sevilla finished fourth and made the Champions League round of 16. Nzonzi continued to show his incredible ability as a defensive midfielder he scored three goals and 46 games as he was one of the best players on in the league at his position. However near the end of the season Sevilla sporting director Monchi left for Roma. This last season Sevilla dropped down to 7th in La Liga despite that they had their best European run in years making the quarter-finals of the Champions League ultimately going out to Bayern Munich as well as making it to the Copa del Rey final despite being crushed by Barcelona it was inevitably impressive run in Spain’s domestic cop. It would turn out to be Nzonzi last season in Spain Nzonzi was selected in the 23-man roster heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He made six appearances in the tournament coming on as a substitute in the World Cup final as France beat Croatia to become world champions as in Nzonzi conquered the World Cup. After 3 Seasons with Sevilla he made 136 appearances scoring 8 goals After a long summer of speculation of where he would play his football this season the ultimately decided to reunite with Monchi at Roma after the clubs agreed on a 30 million euro deal that sees him join last year’s Champions League semi finalists just a few days before the start of the new season in Italy. An incredible late move for Roma who are now poised serious title challenge this season as Steven Nzonzi official joins Roma.
Roma have quietly been making moves all summer but this deal may be the best deal. Steven Nzonzi is a plyer that has been targeted by some big clubs for a long time. Especially Arsenal who even at points this summer looked like he would be heading back to the Premier league to join them. However he ends up where he should of coming to the Serie A to link up with Monchi once again. Nzonzi adds extreme quality to incredibly deep midfield a lot of the Roma signings have been player with Potential stardom Nzonzi isn’t being brought in for the future he has been brought in for right now. Make no mistake about this is a big splash an absolute top signing he is a world cup winner and been long considered one of the best at his position he has be masterful in the defensive midfield for every team he has played for. This is an excellent deal to pull off especially late in the window given Roma a burst in quality. People are going to whine over the price tag of 26Million+ 4 Million of bounces but in this market a player of this quality is worth the price tag. Nzonzi turns 30 in December but he hasn’t showed signs of slowing down I don’t believe their is any reason to be concerned with the his age. He comes in with experience leadership and ability he ahs the capabilities of quietly becoming one of the best midfielders in the Serie A. Nzonzi enriches competition in a very strong a deep midfield. Roma have some many option in their midfield Nzonzi will add fuel to that fire. Roma have a mix of young talent and experience which gives Roma the luxury of having excellent options to use in important situations. Eusebio Di Francesco has very commonly operated out of the 4-3-3 formation although may change it under certain circumstances. If this is used as his main formation they will be a lot of rotation in the midfield. Now with Nzonzi, Pastore, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Coric,Crisitante, and Strootmon all in a very strong Roma midfield. If it is a three man midfield I think the strongest trio would be Bryan Cristante, Javier Pastore and Steven Nzonzi with the others being rotated in the team. Cristante as the attacking midfielder that can push forward along with Pastore to falcate with his expectational vison along with the defensive midfield ability of Nzonzi. I see Roma doing lots of Rotation in the midfield the good thing about this deal now Roma have even more options and competition in the midfield. Standing at a imposing 6’5 he is physically very difficult to deal with given his strength and size will be so dangerous on set pieces especially corners where Roma have 6’5 Fazio, 6’4 Dzeko and now 6’5 Nzonzi imagine trying to defend a corner with that much size almost to the point of unstoppable. A very calm but highly intelligent player with superb passing ability in addition to all that he can cover a lot of space throughout a match a player with excellent composure not a goal scorer but can do anything else the impact he can inflict on a match is infectious. A world cup winner who has come here to Rome to win with this team of youngsters the ability of this team going forward is endless Nzonzi’s arrival shows Di Francesco and his Roman Army are ready for a scudetto challenge as Monchi is putting together a team capable of titles.
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