There is a verse from a very famous love song that is probably applied more to football than to the sentimental sphere. “Some loves don’t end, they make huge turns and then they come back”: is the typical phrase that all journalists – at this point myself included – pull out of their hat when a player returns to wear a shirt already worn some time ago.
Who knows Davide Frattesi will listen “Never friends” by Antonello Venditti while taking that stretch of the A1 motorway that will take him to Roma. Or if he would prefer to keep the radio off and think about five years ago, when he traveled the same road but in the opposite direction. It was in fact 2017 when the Giallorossi inserted it as a technical counterpart to lower the exorbitant economic demands of the Sassuolo for Gregoire Defrel and probably at that moment the world will have collapsed on him because being sold by his favorite team without even having a chance leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
But Frattesi did not let himself be discouraged and, with the loans to Ascoli, Empoli and Monza, he showed the neroverdi that he was ready for the A league. It took him just one year in the top category to establish himself as one of the most interesting profiles of that talented factory called Sassuolo.
During the second round of last season there was talk of a strong interest from Inter, but when Roma knocked on his door, Frattesi ran to open with the same speed with which you go to answer the courier who brings you a package you have been waiting for for weeks. In fact, the negotiation that will bring him back to the Giallorossi is in the details, with the Capitoline ready to put on the plate – once again – some Romans and Romanists like Volpato or Bove as a counterpart.
However, things have changed compared to 5 years ago. First of all, the player has changed who is now no longer an immature and frail kid, but a ready midfielder with a season as a protagonist behind him. finally having embarked on a well-defined strategy and which has shaken off the label of underdog by winning the Conference League.
About José Mourinho? Maybe. What matters is that now the Giallorossi are trying to find the right mix between experience and youth that is the basis of every success. After the arrival of the mammoth Matic, here is the one of the prodigal son Frattesi.
From a tactical point of view, the future former Sassuolo player can play in any type of module designed by the Special One during his first year of mandate in the capital: whether he is as a midfielder in a three or five midfield, or as a midfielder alongside. of a teammate, Frattesi will always guarantee great quality of dribbling and insertions.
Roma could take (we still use the conditional because the last word is never said in the transfer market) a real wild card in the middle of the field. However, the possible arrival of Frattesi is not only exciting on a sporting level, but also (perhaps above all) for that extra-football.
First of all because it is romano and – despite his initial militancy in the Lazio youth academy – Romanist. After the farewells of Totti, De Rossi and Florenzi within a few years, the idea of being able to embrace a man of the people (besides Pellegrini) will certainly generate great hype on the Giallorossi side of the Tiber.
Then because it would be yet another piece of the strategy of Italianization undertaken by Rome in recent times. Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Mancini, Cristante and Frattesi they are in fact destined to be the backbone of the national team of the future and being able to have them in the squad is certainly a source of pride for the Giallorossi club.
In short, the probable purchase of Davide Frattesi would not only allow the Capitoline to raise their level by reducing the gap with the top of the class, but would also constitute a further step for the company towards the ideals and values of the fans, and would also allow a boy to 23 years of wearing the shirt of his heart. On the other hand, as Venditti sang, let’s talk about “Indivisible / indissoluble inseparable loves “.
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