José Mourinho hasn't even given his first official Roma press conference—nor even posed for the awkward airport scarf photo or the always dead-eyed, I-just-woke-up-but-let-me-hold-this “Mourinho 2024” shirt in front of this poorly lit LED screen picture—but the news this week has been awash with the myriad ways The Special One will remake the Giallorossi in his image.
Front and center in those stories is, naturally, the transfer market. Roma won't be able to turn over the entire roster of course, but Mourinho will likely require two to three key signings to truly implement his particular brand of pragmatic football. And a new striker is chief among the items on Mourinho's supposed wish list.
Roma's in-house options, Edin Dzeko and Borja Mayoral, each remain under contract for next season: Dzeko's contract expires in 2022 while Roma signed Mayoral on a two-year loan last summer, with purchase options available in the summer of 2021 and 2022. In that light, there isn't necessarily a pressing need at forward, but as is the case whenever a club brings in a new manager, few positions are safe.