Pallotta promotes Marquinhos’ sale
Roma president James Pallotta has defended the decision to sell defender Marquinhos to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 19 year-old had only been with Roma for 12 months, after signing from Corinthians, and had built a reputation as one of Europe’s top, young centre-backs, with a string of impressive displays for La Maggica.
His departure to PS-G left fans disgruntled, but Pallotta insists the Ligue 1 champions offer was too substantial to turn down.
“Last year we bought a 17 year-old player from Brazil for $3 million. We sold him to PSG for $30 million-something one year later and ploughed that back into three or four players including (Kevin) Strootman who is the captain of the Dutch team, for much less money,” said the patron, speaking at the Bloomberg Link Sports Business Summit in New York.
Despite the departure of Marquinhos, the Roma squad still boasts a number of Brazilians, including Seleção regular Maicon, Dodô, Leandro Castán, Rodrigo Taddei and veteran goalkeeper Júlio Sérgio.