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Friday June 26 2015
Is Bertolacci expendable?

Having just returned to Roma, Andrea Bertolacci looks set to move to Milan permanently. Aman Sehdev wonders if his sale is such a bad thing.

The co-ownership agreement between Roma and Genoa for 24-year-old Andrea Bertolacci was settled in the Giallorossi's favour earlier this week for €8.5m. Romanisti were ecstatic that the local lad Bertolacci would finally be returning to the club which he represented at youth level, as he’s yet to make a senior appearance.

However news has now emerged that Milan and Roma are in advanced negotiations, which would see the Italian international transfer permanently to San Siro for a reported €20m. A fee, which given Bertolacci's standing on the Lupi depth chart is a shrewd bit of business from sporting director Walter Sabatini. Should Bertolacci remain in Rome, he would theoretically have Miralem Pjanic, Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi ahead of him in the pecking order, this despite a sensational campaign with Genoa last season, scoring six goals and assisting a further eight for his teammates.     

It can be argued he has earned the right to have a crack at making the first team, after years of loans/co-ownership spells at Lecce and Genoa. Although with the Giallorossi needing to raise funds to acquire players to address needs at full back and up front, Bertolacci's potential sale seems a better alternative than sacrificing Nainggolan, Strootman or Pjanic.

A tidy profit can be had on the Italian and while that might not be what Roma fans - particularly local fans - want to hear, it must not be underestimated. The ability to make a good profit on the sale of a player who isn't guaranteed a starting role is what management would be looking to accomplish.  

On the reverse side, a player with enormous talent, one that is starting to become somewhat of a regular for the Azzurri, could be an important part of Roma's future. For the romantics, Bertolacci remaining would allow him to further strengthen a core of Romans which includes Francesco Totti, De Rossi, Alessandro Florenzi and Alessio Romangoli. The club, though need to do what is best for the team and can't allow sentiment to sway their decision.

Big question marks surround the futures of Maicon, Jose Holebas and Ashley Cole at the club. This makes signing a couple of full backs paramount in Coach Rudi Garcia's tactical gameplan. The rumoured names of Layvin Kurzawa, Bruno Peres and Lucas Digne, as well as a big name striker don't come cheap and Sabatini will have mulled the decision over on Bertolacci's future and the future of Roma heading into 2015-16. Gervinho's impending departure, not to mention Mattia Destro's rumoured sale, together with Bertolacci's outgoing would net a sizeable monetary return which can be put into the transfer market to address glaring inadequacies from last term.

It looks increasingly likely we will probably never see Bertolacci in a Giallorossi first team shirt. While it is a big regret that he might not be afforded the chance to display his undoubted ability in Rome, the club must think of the greater good. In this case sacrificing a home grown talent to strengthen areas of weakness could pay off in the long term.

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Have your say...
Bertolacci is a good player. I think he'll do well at Milan, even if they did over pay a few million for him. His value is more like 16-18m rather than 20m. Roma should have kept him instead of paying 20m for HALF of Nainngolan. Nainngolan is good, but not worth 40m. Roma should have sold their half of him for 20m instead of selling Bertolacci. Bertolacci is a couple years younger too.
on the 1st July, 2015 at 3:06am
He's a garbage nobody lmao who the hell is Bertolacci
on the 30th June, 2015 at 4:20pm
@ dSquib The issue is with the players Milan have we can either play 4-3-1-2 and have a load of disgruntled wingers or 4-2-3-1 and have a load of disgruntled CMs. If the grand plan is now to have a load of disgruntled wingers then we better get on with selling some since Suso, Cerci, Menez, Niang, Birsa (remember him?) and possibly SES don't fit into a 4-3-1-2. Meanwhile while Milan are trying to figure out how to play all these wonderful attackers we conceded 50 goals last season.
on the 30th June, 2015 at 4:36am
unknown Italian lol, you nothing anonymous.

Roma paid 8 million to Genoa for the half of bertolacci contract I suppose you could look at his value being 16 million euros.
on the 29th June, 2015 at 7:09pm
Milanista till I'm dead

Roma only paid 8 mil for Bertolacci because it was a co-ownership. Milan paid 20 for him outright.

Maldini's Heir

Whatever else one might say about Galliani, Bertolacci is not the same as Honda or even Bonaventura. They are attacking midfielders/wingers. Bertolacci is a central midfielder, though he's certainly an attacking threat.
on the 29th June, 2015 at 6:59pm
Hahahahahahahaha who is this guy and why is Milan paying 20m for him? Milan is getting rejected by everyone except some unknown Italians.
on the 29th June, 2015 at 5:12pm
Milan would never pay 20 mil for bertolacci when Roma just bought him for 8. I'm a bit confused on this one.
on the 28th June, 2015 at 8:53pm
So they brought him back just to sell him? No way Milan would pay 20 mil when Roma just snapped him up for 8
on the 28th June, 2015 at 8:50pm
Strootman should be sold.
on the 28th June, 2015 at 5:33pm
@DiRocco


Tell that to Luca Toni, Ibra, Totti etc. The list goes on..
on the 28th June, 2015 at 2:16pm
20 million for a player which roma virtually put nothing into developing not a bad piece of business to be honest.

As for milan the transfer saga continues, who is going to be the next target to say no to milan?. Hard to blame them anyway it must be quite toxic at milan at the moment.
on the 27th June, 2015 at 8:43am
Why would Milan be in advanced talks with Bertolacci when they already have Bonaventura and Honda? Why goes Galliani insist on signing similar players for the same positions? Why is Galliani so unbelievably incompetent? I like Bertolacci. He's a good player. But Milan have other priorities especially when we've just conceded 50 goals.
on the 27th June, 2015 at 3:07am
If I was in charge of Roma i'd ship out Destro, Gervinho, Maicon, Cole, Bertolacci, Holebas, Doumbia. The team would then look something like this with the signings made.

PERIN


DARMAIN Manolas Castan/Romangoli RICARDO RODRIGUEZ

De Rossi Naingolan/Strootman

Pjanic

Iturbe KONOPLYANKA/Liajic

LUKAKU/Totti
on the 27th June, 2015 at 12:11am
Brilliant piece of business by Sabatini if this goes through. Bertolacci deserves to play regularly and he will not get that at Roma next season. The midfield is too strong.

Lukaku is WAY better purchase than Bacca to be frank. Bacca will be 29 next season and realistically most strikers start fading from top form aroundthe age of 30-31. 1 or 2 good season is NOT worth the price Sevilla demand. Lukaku has a lot of potential and could do fantastic with Roma and the quality players around him.
on the 26th June, 2015 at 11:47pm
The money being mooted for this deal is rather excessive. I don't know what Galliani is thinking. All the same, Forza Milan Sempre!
on the 26th June, 2015 at 9:53pm
Why does everyone want Lukaku?

Isn't he just like Duombia? We need someone like Bacca, Luiz Adriano, Ibra someone that will light up Serie A
on the 26th June, 2015 at 9:44pm
The problem is Roma talk the talk but what are they doing..? You see Juve, Inter, Milan bringing in top players & we seem to be happy with average players.
I'm a Roma fan & love this team but we need top world class players & we haven't even found anyone to replace Totti.
Stop messing around & give us fans something to get excited about..!!!!!!
on the 26th June, 2015 at 9:41pm
He may be "expendable" - most players are, frankly - but if Roma sell Strootman or Pjanic or Nainggolan for much more money, and de Rossi is 31, they may regret letting him go.

In the last couple of years all he's done is improve. We don't yet know how good he can be, playing for a top level side, and given enough playing time. Even if he's plays as much Keita did last season it would be worth it.
on the 26th June, 2015 at 6:30pm
Lukaku is far younger than Bacca and IMO will be a lot better too.
on the 26th June, 2015 at 5:40pm
Smart business from Roma, if they do indeed offload Destro and Gervinho + the champions league revenue then they should be able to get in either Lukaku/Bacca and two quality full backs. That would leave them looking a lot stronger than last season without having a huge net transfer deficit
on the 26th June, 2015 at 1:47pm

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