The newly appointed AS Roma manager has quite a transfer window ahead of him as some of his players may be approaching the exit door before a ball has even been kicked this season

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Jose Mourinho asks for time when he is introduced as a Roma coach

According to reports in Italy, Roma are aiming to remove a staggering 23 players from their payrolls as the Serie A team seek to recover from the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Very few players are not available at the right price, with ex-captain Alessandro Florenzi proving to be the most difficult star to transfer as the Roma aim to reclaim around £ 35m from sales.

It’s a big job for the Tiago Pinto club’s sporting director, who not only wants to oversee a number of sales but is also working 24/7 to equip Jose Mourinho with as many new talent as he needs ahead of the 2021/22 season Campaign.

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The Italian giants seem to have already missed their main transfer target this summer after Granit Xhaka will now stay with Arsenal.

The Swiss international was reportedly interested in teaming up with Mourinho and donning the Roma shirt but failed to meet Arsenal’s £ 20m valuation. Therefore, Xhaka will not only stay with Arsenal this season, but will also be offered a contract that runs until 2025.

The 23 players who are associated with leaving the club consist mostly of seldom used fringe talents who are starved at the minutes of the first team.

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For Pinto, the difficulty is finding buyers for players who in some cases don’t even train with the first team, others with a one-year residual contract that many suitors may wait another year to keep Roma from getting any cash for them Receive.

The club hierarchy has identified nine of the players for whom Roma could receive a fee. Javier Pastore, Steven Nzonzi, Florenzi, Federico Fazio, Pedro Rodriguez, Davide Santon, Robin Olsen, Ante Coric and William Bianda are all considered to be for sale to the highest bidder with only a few weeks of window time.

The nine named together cost the club € 36.7 million per season, an amount the Roma could really use in better, more important areas.

The remaining 14 players consist of barely deployed talents, most of whom are still playing for the club.

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Alessandro Florenzi is the club’s highest earner, wants to leave but has not yet received any offers
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While some of them are likely to be pretty easy to part with, ex-skipper Alessandro Florenzi could prove to be the biggest challenge as he didn’t travel to Portugal for the pre-season training camp with the rest of the squad.

Much to his dismay, Florenzi is likely to play second fiddle to Rick Karsdorp next season and, in turn, want to actively leave, but Roma have not yet received a single offer for one of the team’s top earners.

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