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Francesco Totti - Il Gladiatore di Roma

A legend of the game taking Rome to a new empire. Like Julius Caesar except not as good.
Started on 28 November 2013 by Neal
Latest Reply on 25 September 2014 by Neal
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Great work man :) Shame about Pjanic and destro though.
ARSENAL_ruleZ: Thankfully I managed to hold on to most of my player, but seeing Destro leave is a little tough. It's nice that we'll at least have Pjanic for one last season, but I am sincerely hoping I can renew his contact to ensure he stays :)
Destro's gone but at least you kept the other main hitters for next season!
TheMS99: Yeah, we can definitely sign a good striker to replace him as well :)
Damn, lots of stuff going on for you now. Hope you'll find a good replacement for Destro.
dialsquare: Yeah, and believe me there is quite a bit more transfer news coming!! :)
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9 yearsEdited

AS Roma fight off interest in star defenders, renew three contracts

  • Top clubs including FC Barcelona have had bids rejected for defenders Tin Jedvaj, Sebastian Corchia, and Dodo
  • One center back, youngster Elio Capradossi, has left the club on loan
  • Three players have signed new contracts with the club despite interest from abroad

  • Last season, AS Roma had the second strongest defense in Serie A, conceding only 26 goals in 38 games. Because of this, heavy interest from top clubs has surrounded many of the leading members of the Giallorossi's back line, but, yet again, Francesco Totti has been doing his best to stay stubborn and keep his players.

    Having already rejected a bid for Mehdi Benatia in January from Manchester United, Spanish champions FC Barcelona swooped in this summer to sign the Moroccan's center back partner Tin Jedvaj. The 20 year Croatian made 32 appearances last season and showed his great potential, prompting a €15m bid from La Blaugrana. Totti was having none of it, however, and did not even negotiate the price, simply refusing the deal altogether.

    Shortly afterward, Jedvaj signed a new four year contract with AS Roma through 2019, reportedly with a €40k per week salary. Totti had plenty of praise for the ex-Dinamo player, saying, "Tin is one of the best young defenders in the world and I think he can develop along with this team into one of the world's greatest."

    20 year old Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj was happy to renew his contract with AS Roma despite interest from FC Barcelona, reinforcing his admiration of Francesco Totti as a manager.

    Liverpool are the other culprit of trying to sign Roma's defenders, though the Reds of England opted to try and bring in two players; Sebastian Corchia and Dodo. Brendan Rodgers was seeking reinforcement on either side of his back line and submitted a bid in the region of €17m for each player, but Totti was adamant neither would go for less than €25m.

    After some attempted negotiation, Rodgers was forced to drop out of the race for both players as the asking price was simply too high. The two attacking wingbacks combined for a total 20 assists for the Giallorossi last season, and AS Roma fans will be very excited to know that both players are staying.

    Dodo was another player to get a new contract, signing a five year deal through 2020 worth €55k per week. The left back has recently become part of the Brazil national team due to his form for AS Roma, and he will hope to continue to thrive and fight through the hamstring problems that limited him to just 19 Serie A appearances last year.

    Attacking wingback Dodo broke into the AS Roma first team quite impressively last season and has now signed a new five year contract with the club.

    Elio Capradossi is the only defender that was actually allowed to leave the club, though only on loan. The 19 year old Italian central defender enjoyed a very strong campaign last season with Pescara and will hope to continue to develop with week-in, week-out Serie A football with Parma this season.

    Romagnoli has long been considered one of the brightest talents to come out of the AS Roma youth system, both a solution to Roma's long term back line and Italy's. The 20 year impressed greatly for Steaua Bucharest last season on loan and has now signed a €17.5k per week contract through the next three years, expiring in 2018.

    Having finally fought off interest in star attacking players and defensive players, Francesco Totti will hope that he can now try to dip into the market, sign some star players, and prove his club's ambition for next year.

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    I can just picture you, sat at your computer going: WHAT! NO! THEY ARE MY PLAYERS! GO GET YOUR OWN PLAYERS! I'M TELLING MUM ON YOU!
    Neal, I swear to god...You had better find a way to renew Pjanic's contract! ;)
    Other than that, good luck fighting off interest for your entire defense.
    TheMS99: :)) to be honest it's quite frustrating that everyone seems to want all of my players...I'm trying to build a Champions League winning caliber side here, guys!!

    AaronHJFT96: I am trying my best but right now he's being quite stubborn, and thank goodness so far I've kept my best defenders :P
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    9 yearsEdited

    Two AS Roma targets join Chelsea; Giallorossi fail to sign strikers

  • Facundo Ferreyra and Bruno Martins Indi snubbed Roma to join EPL giants Chelsea
  • Giallorossi fail to agree fees for Jackson Martinez and Luis Muriel
  • Francesco Totti ensures fans that there will be high profile signings in the near future

  • Having finally fought off interest in all of his star players, the stage seemed set for Francesco Totti to finally delve into the transfer market and bring in a few marquee signings. Having crashed out in just the First Knockout Round of the Champions League last year, AS Roma knew that they would need some big additions to the squad to make a deeper run.

    Roma had only one player over 20 goals last season, Adem Ljajic, and having already sold Mattia Destro to Atletico for €15m, so a new striker was certainly high up on the shopping list. Facundo Ferreyra was supposedly the highest target on the list. The Shakhtar Donetsk striker had scored 49 goals in 73 games since signing and had a host of top clubs interested in him.

    Consigned to letting him leave, the Shakhtar hierarchy had agreed to a €15.5m fee with both AS Roma and Barclays Premier League club Chelsea. The Argentinian born striker eventually decided to agree on a €60k per week contract through 2020 with Chelsea, stating that he has always dreamed of playing in the English top division.

    Despite heavy interest from two-time defending Serie A champions AS Roma, ex-Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra has chosen to sign for the riches of EPL side Chelsea.

    After missing out on Ferreyra, it is reported that Totti turned to his backup options; FC Porto's Jackson Martinez or Udinese's Luis Muriel. Despite makings bids as high as high as €20m for each striker, however, neither club were willing to sell. Now it seems that Roma scouts must continue to scour the world's top leagues to find a different striker to fill Destro's boots.

    Having also recently sold Paolo Cannavaro and Leandro Castan for small fees, Totti knew that a new central defender would be key signing to partner Mehdi Benatia and provide competition for Tin Jedvaj. Feyenoord's 24 year old Dutchman Bruno Martins Indi was top of the shortlist for AS Roma, and a €17m fee was quickly hammered out.

    However, it was a familiar story for the Italian champions as Chelsea were quick to match their bid. And, much like the signing of Facundo Ferreyra, Martins Indi chose to accept Chelsea's five-year contract offer and make the trek over to London instead of Rome.

    Yet again, Chelsea managed to steal one of AS Roma's transfer targets from right under their noses, this time bringing in Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi.

    Having failed to bring in these 'marquee' signings, AS Roma are reportedly looking at a number of new targets to bring to the Olimpico. AFC Fiorentina's Sebastian Giovinco, who made the Serie A Team of the Season last term with 9 goals and 10 assists, is being mentioned, as is Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes, who has scored 80 goals in 133 league appearances in England.

    In terms of defenders, Mattia Darmian remains the heavy favorite to sign with the Giallorossi now that they've missed out on Martins Indi. The Catania defender is supposedly a target alongside Olympique Lyon's 22 year starlet Samuel Umtiti, considered one of the brightest young defenders in the game.

    Despite early transfer failure, Francesco Totti remains positive. "Sometimes the market just shapes up in ways you don't expect, but we are flexible, we have options, and we have time. When the right players become available, we will bring them to the Olimpico, and we are certainly looking at some top talent right now."

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    Unlucky to miss out on those targets but hopefully you can pick up someone good :)
    Ah, that's too bad. I'm sure the EPL was the reason Ferreyra joined Chelsea ($$$$$$$). Hope you'll be able to get a backup in for Destro, you need that.
    Ah man, bloody Chelsea!
    That was unlucky but as Justice says above, hopefully you can bring in someone else good anyway :)
    I think I remember you saying in the chat you played Giovinco..... Things might be looking up, even if Chelsea are a load of.....female parts.

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