Serie A Weekly News Recap


The Serie A roster stands as is after the judicial news of this week: Parma will start from -5, while Chievo avoided going to trial for a defect of form, but will likely face it soon. In the meantime, Crotone have asked to stop the start of the league because they could be re-admitted in lieu of the Flying Donkeys.

The new Milan ownership cleaned house, sacking the CEO Marco Fassone and the sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli. Leonardo returned as the new head of the technical area, while new executives for the business side of the club will be appointed at a later time.

The transfer market slowed down this week as the teams are plotting major deals. Roma found their new starting goalkeeper in World Cup standout Robin Olsen from Copenhagen. However, the Giallorossi were burned by Barcelona in the race to sign Malcom, as the Blaugrana swooped in after Bordeaux and the Wolf had announced an agreement for the transfer of the winger.

Atalanta signed their Bryan Cristante replacement: Mario Pasalic on loan from Chelsea, who has similar characteristics and was promising in his stint at Milan a couple of years ago. The Goddess played the first official game of the season and it went poorly as they wasted away a two-nothing lead against Sarajevo and will now have to win on the road to progress in Europa League.

Udinese acquired Rolando Mandragora for a sizeable sum, €20M, and he is set to be a centrepieces of their squad next season as pivot. Juventus could opt to bring him back in the summer of 2020 for €26M and will receive a percentage in case he is sold. The midfielder is coming off a very solid season at Crotone.

After a long chase, Sampdoria announced the arrival of Gregoire Defrel on loan from Roma: the striker was underwhelming in the Capital, but Marco Giampaolo will try to make him return to his Sassuolo glory days. Parma brought back a familiar face: Amato Ciciretti, who would not have had much space at Napoli. He did not play much in Serie B last year, but he was at times electric with Benevento before agreeing to a Bosman move to the Partenopei. Genoa added depth to their defence with Kieray Gunter from Galatasaray.

The youngster Giangiacomo Magnani, acquired earlier in the summer by Juventus, transferred to Sassuolo, where he will have a better chance to see the field. Empoli put under contract the goalkeeper Andrea Fulignati, who was at Cesena last year and could compete with Ivan Provedel for the starting job if they do not bring in a veteran goalkeeper. Teams are starting to trim their rosters: Atalanta loaned Nicolas Haas to Palermo and Bryan Cabezas to Fluminense and Udinese sold Lucas Evangelista to Nantes.

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