Medhi Benatia’s big money move from AS Roma to Bayern Munich has again served to highlight how well the Serie A club has performed in the transfer market in recent seasons.
Twelve months after arriving at the Giallorossi from Udinese for €13.5 million, Benatia is joining Bayern for an initial €26 million. A profit of €12.5 million is nevertheless a fraction of the €30.5 million they earned from buying and selling Marquinhos.
The Brazilian defender joined for €4.5 million from Corinthians in 2012 and was sold on to Paris Saint-Germain for €35 million last summer. Even Erik Lamela proved to be good business for the Italian club, arriving for €21 million from River Plate in 2011 and joining Tottenham Hotspur for €9 million more 12 months ago.
Those three transfers alone have earned Roma over €50 million in the past two summer transfer windows, allowing them to invest in the likes of Juan Manuel Iturbe, Davide Astori, Salih Ucan and Kostas Manolas this summer, all while still making a profit.
La Gazzetta dello Sport credits the club’s director of sport Walter Sabatini for the capital gains, recalling a statement he delivered three years ago when he arrived at the club.
“The fans would be well advised not to become too attached to their players because in modern football, it’s not always an advantage for players to stick around for a long time,” he told a local radio station.