The loneliness of the football goalkeeper, so dear to the writer Benni, does not reside in Trigoria. The comings and goings of numbers one in Rome in the last 15-20 years is equal to only a morning spent at Termini station. People who go, who come, never finding peace or a minimum of continuity. Once upon a time there was Tancredi, a starter for almost 10 consecutive seasons, capable of putting together 258 consecutive races in Serie A (from 27 April 1980 to 29 January 1989). Without going that far, lately we would have been satisfied with much less. But now we are used to a continuous coming and going. Four in the last three years (Olsen, Pau Lopez, Mirante and Fuzato), eleven in the American era (Stekelenburg, Goicoechea, Lobont, De Sanctis, Skorupski, Szczesny, Alisson, Olsen, Pau Lopez, Mirante and Fuzato), even 19 in the last 20 years (to the aforementioned are added Antonioli, Lupatelli, Zotti, Pelizzoli, Curci, Doni, Julio Sergio and Artur) those used at least once from the first minute (which rise to 22 considering the extreme defenders under contract, excluding the Primavera , data corrieregiallorosso.com).
There was no lack of investments. Like the flops. Above all, in the last decade, that of Stekelenburg. Arrived with the business card of the best goalkeeper of the 2010 World Cup, where the Netherlands reached the final thanks to his saves, the epic of the former Ajax ends at San Siro after just 3 days: a very hard contrast with Lucio, who he hits with the shoe in the temple, sends him to the hospital. When he comes back it won’t be him anymore. Then there is the Alisson dream, which lasted too little. The Brazilian is the starter in the 2017-18 season, that of the Champions League semi-final. Just the time to establish himself in the elite of the best number one in circulation, that Rome sells him to Liverpool. The figure for the time is monstrous (62.5 million euros, with a variable bonus of a maximum of 10 million) and gives a capital gain of 57 million. Sum dilapidated later looking for a replacement: Olsen (11.3 million, considering the premiums accrued, plus 10% of a future resale in Copenhagen), Pau Lopez (23.5 million plus half of the Sanabria card equal to 7, 5 million: total 31), Mirante (4 million) and Fuzato (1.5) cost 47.8 million.
Now it’s up to Pinto and Mourinho to try again. The range of choices is wide and depends on the club’s budget. There is the goalkeeper offered by Raiola (Areola), that of Mendes (Rui Patricio), the one probed in April (Musso), the other who, in a rupture with Gasperini, proposes himself (Gollini), up to the Special One’s favorite. . This is Lloris. In recent days, the French international has postponed any speech relating to his stay at Tottenham in early July (“My future? I will answer this question once the European Championship is over”). The obstacle is not the cost of the card (it expires in 2022 and the age, 34, plays in favor of Roma) but the salary (6 million), made more accessible by the growth decree which taxes 50% of the gross. Accounts in hand, the Friedkin would cost 4.5 million net. Milot Rashica earns much less. It is not a goalkeeper but a left winger. Play in Werder Bremen, just relegated to the German Serie B. This season he scored 3 goals in 24 games, but since he landed in the Bundesliga in 2018, coming from Vitesse, the numbers are much more interesting: 21 goals and 17 assists in 87 appearances. A year ago, Werder turned down offers of 30 million. Now, after relegation and with the contract expiring in 2022, you can take more or less for half. In Germany there is a queue (Eintracht on pole). But Rome is in the running.
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