AS Roma set for rebuild: Which players could Mourinho lose this summer?

After what was a pretty active window last summer, there could be even more action for AS Roma this summer as a number of players may need to be replaced.

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It’s expected to be a busy summer for AS Roma. After their defeat in the Europa League final to Sevilla, there are many unanswered questions. Will Jose Mourinho stay? Will the squad get the overhaul that it seemingly needs? Will Tammy Abraham return to England?

As the disappointment of Budapest settles, there are no doubt uncertainties surrounding the Giallorossi. If Mourinho stays, there are numerous positions in which he would like to strengthen and would want reassurances from the board that it will happen.

If he were to leave, it would make it an incredibly frantic summer for those in charge at Roma.

AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho and Lorenzo Pellegrini. [@OfficialASRoma]

Jose Mourinho looking to the future

According to a report from Corriere di Roma (via TMW), Mourinho has nine so-called ‘untouchables’ who are: Rui Patricio, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Bryan Cristante, Nemanja Matic, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Paulo Dybala, El Shaarawy and Rick Karsdorp.

A win over Spezia on the final day secured Europa League football again for next season. Mourinho complained a number of times during the season that the squad was lacking quality and depth, so the priority will be to build around these nine players so Roma can challenge on all fronts next season.

A number of reports are suggesting that Mourinho could let multiple players go as he plots his rebuild. Roger Ibanez is the latest player to be linked away, with Mourinho seemingly having lost patience after a number of high-profile errors this season.

AS Roma’s Andrea Belotti and Roger Ibanez look dejected after a loss. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

January signing Ola Solbakken could also be heading for the exit after only playing a bit part role since his move from Bodo/Glimt. After only making seven Serie A appearances this season, Marash Kumbulla is another player likely to be moved on to free up some much-needed funds.

Failing to qualify for the Champions League makes it highly unlikely that the on-loan Georginio Wijnaldum transfer will be made permanent, due to the Dutchman’s high wages.

The good news for Mourinho is that Roma have already announced the signing of Houssem Aouar from Lyon on a free transfer, and French defender Evan Ndicka might not be far behind the Algerian.

Tammy Abraham could depart

AS Roma’s Tammy Abraham in the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen. [@OfficialASRoma]

There were reports that Roma could be willing to sell centre forward Tammy Abraham back to the Premier League, but the English striker ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the last league game of the season.

This could be a setback for Roma and Mourinho who might have been relying on the transfer fee received from any deal involving Abraham to fund the rebuild. The injury could see him miss the rest of 2023, which would understandably make teams think twice before parting with a substantial amount of money.

Despite Andrea Belotti’s willingness to take a pay cut to extend his one-year stay in the capital, it looks unlikely that his contract will be extended. The Italian has had a difficult season to say the least, failing to find the net in a single league game.

First things first, Roma need to sort out Mourinho’s future. Whatever happens, it’s clear that changes will be happening in Rome this summer.

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