The transfer market rages on and few deals were completed this week: none this summer will be bigger than the blockbuster transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Jorginho and Maurizio Sarri reunites at Chelsea. Lazio acquired Francesco Acerbi from Sassuolo and sent Felipe Anderson to West Ham, while Atalanta signed Duvan Zapata from Sampdoria. The Blucerchiati also sold Lucas Torreira to Arsenal.
A new chapter in the Milan’s ownership saga: Yonghong Li did not re-pay the latest €32M loan by Elliott, the negotiations for a last-minute sale have collapsed and the hedge fund has officially taken over and is assembling the new management. It now remains to be seen whether this drastic change will impact the appeal to the CAS for the ban from Europa League and the reinforcement campaign of the Rossoneri, which has inevitably been very quiet so far.
Fiorentina added depth to their defence with the centre-back Federico Ceccherini from Crotone. Eder has left Inter and Italy to move to Jiangsu Suning, Ricky Alvarez did the same and will play at Club Atlas. Roma completed the 11th acquisition of the summer: it’s the young goalkeeper Daniel Fuzato from Palmeiras. Inter will count on Alessandro Bastoni next season, since his loan spell at Atalanta was cut short. Genoa kept Romulo in Serie A after a solid season at Verona. Cagliari signed Alberto Cerri from Juventus, who blossomed last season at Perugia in Serie B. Two veteran strikers will stay put despite expiring contract and keep playing: Rodrigo Palacio re-upped with Bologna, Sergio Pellissier with Chievo.
Torino have been busy in the last few days: they have traded Antonio Barreca for Soualiho Meité with Monaco, then they purchased the defender Bremer from Atletico Mineiro and Antonio Rosati as new back-up goalie. A couple of significant moves for Udinese as well: they sold the mainstay Silvan Widmer to Basel, but they have an in-house replacement in Jens Stryger Larsen, and signed the goalkeeper Juan Musso from Racing Club, who by all accounts should be the starter next season, and the young centre-back Nicholas Opoku.
The training camps have just started but unfortunately there have already been some significant injuries to some newcomers. Napoli’s goalie Alex Meret suffered an ulna fracture and is set to miss six-to-eight weeks, while Atalanta centre-back Marco Varnier will be out until the winter due to an ACL tear, which could force the Goddess to seek another defender. Bastoni tore a meniscus with Italy’s U19 team.
The newly promoted clubs started to change their rosters to adapt to Serie A: Parma acquired Luigi Sepe on loan from Napoli, former Cagliari Bruno Alves and former Chievo Massimo Gobbi to bolster their back-line, Frosinone signed the free agent Cristian Molinaro and then Lorenzo Crisetig on loan from Bologna and Edoardo Goldabniga from Frosinone.
Despite last year’s incredible season, Empoli sent Alfredo Donnarumma back to Serie B and shipped him to Brescia, signalling they are all in on Antonino La Gumina and will likely add somebody else upfront. Speaking of the second Italian league, Genoa signed one of its brightest talents: the speedster Christian Kouame from Cittadella.
Crotone have applied to be re-instated in Serie A in case Chievo are excluded as a result of their trial on false profits. Juventus have poached Francesco Baldini from Roma to be their U19 coach. Giovanni Invernizzi is the new head of Sampdoria’s youth system.
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