The transfer market finally heated up this week as Milan replaced Gonzalo Higuain, who flew to Chelsea via Juventus, with Krzysztof Piatek. An unpleasant surprise hit fantasy managers on Monday, as Kevin-Prince Boateng moved to Barcelona. The ex-Milan man had success as false-nine this season at Sassuolo, before missing a chunck of the season with a pelvic injury. He has scored four times in 11 appearances and was a precious asset since he was listed as midfielder.
It took him three separate stints at Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt and Sassuolo, but he managed to return in a big-time club after his time at Milan. He first played in this new position in La Liga. The Neroverdi and the Blaugrana had previously done business together in the Marlon deal last summer and the formula is pretty friendly for the Spanish club. While waiting to see if they can find a bargain on the transfer market, they have recalled young striker Gianluca Scamacca from PEC Zwolle.
Since Sime Vrsaljko is dealing with chronic knee issues and might either undergo surgery or return to Atletico Madrid, Inter decided to sign another right back, Cedric Soares, who joins from Southamtpon on a season-long loan with €11M option to buy. It is not certain he will be a long-term solution, but in the meantime he should be able to provide a solid contribution in that position and will compete with Danilo D’Ambrosio.
Genoa brought back a familiar face: Stefano Sturaro, who joins from Juventus but might not be able to play for a while due to injury. Once healthy, he figures to be a pretty significant cog in their future midfield. The Griffon are getting busy after cashing in good money from the sale of their top guy and made official the arrivals of goalkeeper Jandrei left back Giuseppe Pezzella from Udinese and especially Antonio Sanabria from Betis. The striker was prolific last year before a knee that slowed him this year as well. A completely different player, but he is their choice to fill Piatek’s shoes.
Parma bid farewell to two of their wingers, who will both finish the season in Serie B: Antonio Di Gaudio to Hellas Verona, while Amato Ciciretti, who was on loan from Napoli, to Ascoli. The former had a pretty significant role especially at the beginning of the season, while the second has been a bust this year. Unless they bring in somebody new, Luca Siligardi, Jonathan Biabiany and Matteo Sprocati will alternate as the third guy in their trident. Central midfielder Alessandro Deiola was recalled by Cagliari, who also acquired Christian Oliva from Nacional in the same role.
Frosinone made some moves to shore up their squad and signed Federico Viviani on loan from SPAL, who was solid and dangerous on set pieces last year but was never given a chance thus far, striker Marcello Trotta from Sassuolo, who was decent at Crotone last season, and young defender Stefan Simic from Milan. The Ciociari let go Lorenzo Crisetig, who has joined Benevento via Bologna, Joaquin Ardaiz, Emil Hallfredsson and Emmanuel Besea. In a surprise move, Joel Campbell left for Club Leon: the ex Arsenal winger was a nice spark early in the season, but then fizzled out dramatically.
A pretty buys week for Udinese as well, who have purchased the experienced centre-back Sebastien De Maio, who should able to become a starter down the line, and have loaned Andrija Balic to Fortuna Sittard and prospect Mamadou Coulibaly to Carpi.
Teams continue to get rid of fringe players or youngsters: Genoa loaned Stephan Omeonga to Hibernian, SPAL sent Gabriele Moncini to Cittadella, Empoli shipped Jarnel Jakovic to Sturm Graz and Sampdoria Gabriele Rolando to Carpi.
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