Di Francesco nears: Acerbi, Berardi, and Defrel could follow


Il Corriere della Sera: Eusebio Di Francesco is closer than ever.

The former Roma player and team manager will now return to Trigoria with the most important role: manager. For the official announcement, we have to wait for the return of Sassuolo president Squinzi to Italy, scheduled for between today and tomorrow. As far as the €3 million release clause of Di Francesco is concerned, it will be “absorbed” in one of the many operations the two clubs have in place: one part will be offset by the renewal of the loan of Federico Ricci, another with the loan of one between Marchizza or Tumminello. Finally, Di Francesco himself will have to give up some of the bonuses owed to him from this season.

Then there are a number of players who could follow the manager to the capital. The most obvious one is the return of Lorenzo Pellegrini, who no longer has doubts about a return. Roma will exercise their option to repurchasethe midfielder and offer him an important contract, which his agent has been working on for a few weeks now. Another who could join is Francesco Acerbi, who rejected Roma last season but could now accept considering the arrival of Di Francesco. After completing the sale of Salah and while trying to find a vice Dzeko, Berardi and Defrel could also join and would be perfect. However, the pair will have a high cost.

The Editor of RomaPress.us, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including ASRoma.com, EuroFantasyLeague.com, and ESPN.