The January window official kicked off on Thursday and the first official deals have started to trickle in at a slow pace, as the clubs do not seem much in a rush to get things done. Fiorentina beat Milan in the race to sign a Luis Muriel from Sevilla on loan with option to buy: a smart addition that does not break the bank for a player that has proven track record in Serie A. He could feature in multiple positions in the attack, either relieving Giovanni Simeone or playing alongside him and has the potential to be really effective off the bench.
Milan announced the arrival of Lucas Paquetà from Flamengo, which was finalized months ago and had already spent some time at the training center. The talented midfielder joined for €35M price tag, so the team obviously envisions him having a featured role, even though there are some doubts about his tactical fit. A natural no.10, a position that is not included in Gennaro Gattuso’s schemes, he might end up replacing the injured Giacomo Bonaventura as creative box-to-box midfielder or turn into a winger.
Rather than taking the usual route of firing the coach, Bologna have decided to stick with Filippo Inzaghi and see what he can do with an improved squad. They acted swiftly on that regard, bringing aboard Roberto Soriano and Nicola Sansone from Villarreal. Soriano spent the first few months at Torino, but quickly faded after a decent start. He never fully integrated in Walter Mazzarri’s schemes and the more physical Daniele Baselli and Soualiho Meitè outplayed him. Sansone has almost not played at all this year, but he had five goals in 18 appearances last year, where he suffered a tough calf injury. He had some success in Parma and Sassuolo and will therefore return in Emilia, where he will be able to occupy a couple of different spots for a team desperate for offensive help.
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