Roma are on the verge of having UEFA-imposed restrictions lifted, after the European football governing body released their findings on the Financial Fair Play (FFP) status of clubs, though it is bad news for Inter.
The Serie A duo have spent the past three years under investigation after failing to meet FFP regulations, which limited transfer activity and led to fines and squad restrictions for European competition.
UEFA’s ruling hit Roma particularly hard last summer, as the capital club were forced to sell Mohamed Salah, Antonio Rudiger and Leandro Paredes to raise the necessary funds to avoid a deficit, which would in turn lead to further sanctions.
However, findings published on Wednesday indicated that the Giallorossi have now been released from their financial settlement and are no longer need to sell their prize assets in the transfer window.
“The CFCB Investigatory Chamber confirms that FC Krasnador, FC Lokomotiv Moscow, AS Monaco, AS Roma and FC Zenit St Petersburg have been considered in compliance with the requirements and overall objective agreements. Consequently, they have all exited the settlement regime,” UEFA’s statement read.
Inter have gone someway towards overcoming the FFP hurdle, but remain under restrictions for a further season after failing to comply fully with the ruling.
“Fenerbahce SK, FC Internazionale Milano and Trabzonspor AS have partially fulfilled the targets set for 2017/18,” UEFA continued.
“As a consequence… transfer restrictions and squad limitations will not be lifted and will continue to apply for the 2018/19 season.”
The ruling means that Inter must balance their books for the past two seasons and ensure transfer spend does not outweigh outgoing sales, and must sell before they can buy.
The Nerazzurri will also be hit in their return to Champions League football next season as Luciano Spalletti will only be able to register a squad of 22 players, rather than the usual 25.