The puzzle of benches got completed this week: Bologna have appointed Filippo Inzaghi and Sassuolo have hired Roberto De Zerbi. The biggest transfer market news was the acquisition of Simone Verdi by Napoli, while there has been some minor movement as well: Fiorentina have acquired centre-back David Hancko from Zilina, Chievo have signed Filip Djordjevic for free from Lazio, activated the option to retain Nenad Tomovic from Fiorentina and sold Samuel Bastien to Standard Liege, Sampdoria have brought in former Verona defender Alex Ferrari via Bologna and Torino have loaned Carlao back to Apoel. Juventus have signed Andrea Favilli from Ascoli, who will likely go on loan.
Roma are no longer under Financial Fair Play review, since UEFA included them in the teams released from their settlement agreements. That was not the case for Inter, which will continue to have its international squad limited to 22 men and will need to maintain a balance regarding the values of the players acquired and sold this summer.
The Giallorossi, however, received some gutting news on the new stadium: the builder Luca Parnasi has been arrested for allegedly corrupting some politicians and some functionaries. The club is not involved in the investigation, but the whole project is in peril and the procedure will be at best massively slowed down.
On the business side of things, after the whole MediaPro fiasco, Serie A has finally completed the sale of their TV rights for the 2018-2021 cycle to Sky and Perform and will receive a sum just shy of one billion per year, plus potential bonuses.
A fairly busy week for Udinese: they have appointed Daniele Pradè as their new technical director, replacing Manuel Gerolin. Pradè spent the last two seasons as sporting director at Sampdoria, the same position he previously held for few years at Fiorentina as well. Regarding the transfer market, they have prolonged two loans: Riad Bajic will remain at Basaksehir, Ryder Matos at Verona. They have signed the right back Hidde ter Avest from Twente.
Let’s finish off with some news pertaining two youth systems: Stefano Vecchi has left Inter’s U-19 team to manage Venezia in Serie B next season. The Lagunari have hired former Torino, Udinese, Inter, Sunderland Fiorentina and Atalanta scout Valentino Angeloni as their sporting director. Alessandro Dal Canto has departed Juventus after one season to take the job at Arezzo in Lega Pro.
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