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Roma’s requests for Destro and Benatia are clear, now they face a conundrum…

25/08/2014 - 11:48

di Enrico Passarella


Roma’s transfer market is always surprising, you can never relax because everything can happen. Who would have thought to see Sabatini in Forte dei Marmi on Saturday, after lunch, negotiating Destro (there are no confirmations on other names like Zapata, De Sciglio and Ljajic) with Galliani?

Sabatini travelled to Tuscany hoping not to be spotted, while they were waiting for him in Germany, but he preferred to stay in Trigoria. Bayern’s offer for Benatia is too low: the defender can be sold for €30M+, not for €24M plus bonuses.

And Destro? The price tag is around €25M, Milan haven’t come close to that yet, Gallaini will talk about it with Berlusconi to have the green light. Otherwise, they’ll go for Torres or Chicharito, while Eto’o is more distant because he’s close to Everton.

As for Benatia and Destro, Roma are facing a conundrum, granted that they might not be forced to sell any of the two after all. Letting go the unsettled centre-back (paid €11M) for a sum a little inferior to what they hoped for or sacrificing the possible future striker of Italy (who doesn’t want to leave) for a fee that wouldn’t be far superior to what they spent to acquire him? The fans wouldn’t have any doubt, they have already metabolized the departure of Benatia and they didn’t understand why they started negotiating with Milan.

Sabatini always wanted and wants to play on two tables, understand the conditions and the premises, and then make the best decision. At the end of the day, he could refuse all the offers, stand pat and really compete for every objective. It would be surprising, but that’s in the DNA of Roma and of his architect.

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