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Serie A: Mourinho to ship out 23 Roma players

Serie A: Mourinho to ship out 23 Roma players

Roma are looking to offload a staggering 23 players this summer, according to the UK Mirror.

The Serie A club want the players off their wage books, as they try to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Very few players are not available for the right price, with former captain Alessandro Florenzi proving the most difficult star to move out, as the club tries to recoup around £35m from the sales.

It is a tough task for Roma’s sporting director, Tiago Pinto, who will also need to arm manager Jose Mourinho with new recruits ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign.

In terms of outgoings, the 23 players linked with an exit from the club are mostly made up of fringe-talent rarely used, starved of first team minutes.

For Pinto, the difficulty stems from trying to find buyers for players that in some cases do not even train with the first-team, others with one year left on their deal who many suitors may be willing to wait another year for – thus preventing Roma from receiving any cash for them.

Of the players that Roma could receive a fee for, the club’s hierarchy have identified nine.

Javier Pastore, Steven Nzonzi, Florenzi, Federico Fazio, Pedro Rodriguez, Davide Santon, Robin Olsen, Ante Coric and William Bianda are all deemed up for sale to the highest bidder with just weeks of the window left.

The nine mentioned cost the club a combined total of €36.7m per season.

The remaining 14 players are barely used talent, most of which are yet to make an appearance for the club.

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