Since AS Roma have come under the ownership and management of DiBenedetto AS Roma LLC, the club has no doubt done a fine job of conducting business and growing the AS Roma brand off the field of play. Now the on-field product has finally begun to show some results as Roma are currently second in Serie A and are in position to finish in the top three which means that they are likely to play some Champions League football for the 2014-15 season.
One aspect of the fine off-field business that Roma have done very is how they have managed buying and or selling players. Roma have done a marvelous job of making good value buys and sales in the last few years. Look at the business they made with two players they sold prior to the start of the 2013-14 season as they bought and acquired Marquinhos and Erik Lamela for around a combined 15 million Euros and then sold them for around a combined 65 million Euros. Needless to say that is very good business from a club like Roma.
Looking at the current squad which is being managed and led by Rudi Garcia, they acquired players like defender Mehdi Benatia for 13.5 million Euros, midfielder Kevin Strootman for 17 million Euros and wingers/forwards Gervinho and Adem Ljajic for a combined 20 million Euros. Each of these players have proven to be very instrumental in how well Roma have played so far this season, and that is not including them acquiring players like Dodo and Mattia Destro who are beginning to show their worth.
All this brings me to the piece of transfer business which Roma completed and pulled off earlier in the week as they have once again proven to be smart buyers by sealing loan/future option buy deals for midfielders Radja Nainggolan and Leandro Paredes. Nainggolan comes over from Serie A club Cagliari for an initial loan deal worth 3 million Euros with the cost of his transfer being somewhere around 15-18 million Euros. His acquisition represents a coup for Roma as Nainggolan is a flexible midfielder who can play in attacking role or in a more holding defensive role.
The acquisition of Nianggolan once again shows how Roma have bought smartly and done so by acquiring players at key positions at prices that make sense given their ability and age. The same can be said of Paredes, who was acquired from Argentine club Boca Juniors on a 18-month loan deal with a potential option for Roma to buy the player for around 5 million Euros. Paredes will spend the rest of this season on loan to another Serie A club with him joining the capital club for the 2014-15 season. Paredes is a young, talented attacking midfielder who, before being injured by his Boca goalkeeper with a heinous challenge in practice, was set for a big season last year.
Paredes is a player who gives Roma squad depth as they will surely play European football next season. He will add depth to Roma’s squad as they play in several competitions next season while he also is a promising young talent who has the potential to be something special as a player down the road. It is not hard to see why Roma are doing well on the field of play, and it all starts with intelligent and astute player acquisitions at value prices.