How do you replace Mo Salah & Francesco Totti? Monchi’s masterplan


Roma may have lost key players to Liverpool and Chelsea in the summer, but they can rest assured they have one of the world’s best transfer gurus working hard behind the scenes.

The summer of 2017 marked the end of an era at Roma as iconic captain Francesco Totti retired after 24 years of loyal service to the club.

As well as the loss of their talisman, the Giallorossi also sold Mo Salah to Liverpool and Antonio Rudiger to Chelsea.

As detailed by the brilliant COPA90 in the video below, trying to replace such an important trio of players was not as daunting a task as it appeared on paper – mainly due to the presence of their director of football, Monchi.

Monchi earned a reputation as a master of the transfer market thanks to his work at Sevilla, where he helped transform the club from fallen giants to La Liga contenders, delivering 11 trophies in the process.

Thanks to his expertise in buying and selling players, the 49-year-old managed to oversee one of the most successful periods in the Spanish side’s history while making a profit of around €200million.

“I’m trying to take all the good things Roma has, which is a lot, and contribute what we did at Sevilla, and combine them to build the most ambitious and exciting project possible,” he says.

Rather than seek direct replacements for Salah, Rudiger and Totti, Monchi has instead use the funds generated from the sales of the former two to strengthen the squad all across the park.

This season Napoli and Juventus may be contesting their own title race in Serie A, but Roma still find themselves only three points behind third-place Inter having played one game fewer.

And one of the players to arrive this summer, 21-year-old midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, is already understood to have caught the eye of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Monchi’s task may be unenviable, but his magic shows no signs of running out.

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