Ever since signing Brazilian striker Adriano Ribeiro from Flamengo, AS Roma have somewhat fizzled out in the transfer market. I know its still early days in the transfer window however, with the new season just a couple of weeks away this might be very worrying especially if you are a Roma fan.
After battling it out with rivals Inter down to the last Serie A matchday for the coveted scudetto, the Giallorosso are yet to make any clear intentions that they will provide similar if not a greater challenge for in the new season.
With key players like Toni and Juan possibly on the way out, Roma boss Claudio Ranieri should ensure that their poor start to the 2009/2010 does not happen again.
Meanwhile, disgraced former Juventus director Luciano Moggi has strongly criticised the Bianconeri’s signing of former Catania player Jorge Martinez stating that he is not a strong reinforcement.
“The acquisitions made by the former Sampdoria director [Giuseppe Marotta] are not Scudetto players,” Moggi told SportItalia. “Martinez does not have the qualities to reinforce Juventus.
“The only one that can strengthen the side at the moment is [defender] Leonardo Bonucci.
“The side needs four players of strong quality if it wants to aim for first place, but I repeat that [goalkeeper Marco] Storari and others that have arrived are of that level.
“I hope that these choices do not make Luigi Del Neri’s job harder,” he concluded.”
If you can remember, Moggi was and still is the main reason Juventus finds itself at odds with the FIGC (Italian FA). Juventus were disgracefully demoted the Serie B for their participation in a match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football back in 2006.
At the time Moggi was Juve’s sporting director but was forced to resign after the humiliating reports were leaked. In my opinion, Moggi therefore does not deserve to speak on matters concerning the club’s operations.
That said, Juventus might prove to be the revelation of the new season if they manage to sign players like Milo Krasic and Leo Bonucci and Royston Drenthe.
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