There were not quite fireworks in the last week on the transfer market, which saw the minnows complete a fully of moves to try to bolster their squads. After selling Krzysztof Piatek, Genoa were one of the most active one, as they added Chievo centre-piece Ivan Radovanovic and Lukas Lerager from Bordeaux to revamp their midfield and Andràs Schafer to have one more alternative on the flanks. The first two could be regular starters, especially because Sandro was sent to Udinese. Boca Juniors long chased Atalanta’s José-Luis Palomino, but they had to settle for Lisandro Lopez.
Cagliari got busy as well and, after letting go Diego Farias and Marco Sau, they replaced them with veteran Cyril Thereau and prospect Kiril Despodov from CSKA Sofia, who could soon have their chances to play. The Sardinians purchased one more ex-Chievo player, Fabrizio Cacciatore, and Roma’s young left back Luca Pellegrini, who has a solid shot to overtake the adapted Simone Padoin on that flank. They also sold Marco Andreolli to Chievo and substituted him with Maxime Leverbe from Sampdoria.
Empoli rebuilt their attack: they sold Miha Zajc to Fenerbahce for a good buck, a classy player who ultimately did not fit into Giuseppe Iachini’s schemes, and loaned Samuel Mraz to Livorno and brought in the highly touted prospect Dimitri Oberlin from Basel and Diego Farias from Cagliari. Oberlin shined in Champions League last year, but had a disappointing first half of the season. Farias could make an instant impact thanks to his experience in the league, especially because Antonino La Gumina is out with an injury. If one of the two hits, they could have an interesting front-line, considering that Francesco Caputo has been very solid thus far. The Azzurri also added depth other areas by signing Cristiano Dell’Orco from Sassuolo and Marko Pajac from Cagliari for the left flank, Kevin Diks from Fiorentina to back up Giovanni Di Lorenzo on the other one and centre-back Dimitris Nikolaou from Olympiakos.
Chievo were quite pillaged in the final days, on top of the aforementioned moves, Joel Obi also left to join Alanyaspor, but they too completed some interesting signings. Starting with Lucas Piazon from Chelsea, who was fine at Fulham in the last couple of seasons, and then they brought back to Serie A Ezequiel Schelotto and Assane Dioussè, who replace Cacciatore and Radovanovic, and re-united with Marco Andreolli.
Two more purchases for 2019/2020 by Fiorentina, which invested in Empoli’s defender Jacob Rasmussen and coveted central midfielder Szymon Zurkowski from Zaglebie Zubin, who will finish the season at their respective teams, but will add to the Viola’s young core from July on. Valentin Eysseric had become expendable after the arrival of Luis Muriel and they sent him back to Ligue 1, to Nantes.
Romulo was probably the player with the highest profile moving this week: he was loaned to Lazio, where he will back up Adam Marusic on the right flank. Staying in those areas of the table, Sampdoria finally allowed Dawid Kownacki to bolt to Fortuna Dusseldorf and identified Cagliari mainstay Sau as his replacement. Napoli loaned Marko Rog to Sevilla, hoping that he could get some consistent playing time and better evaluate what they have in him, while Milan sent summer bust Alen Halilovic to Standard Liege on an 18-month spell.
Parma have the luxury of being able to focus on the future and brought in three very interesting youngsters: José Machin from Pescara, who has been a Serie B standout in the last couple of seasons, speedy winger Nicolas Schiappacasse from Atletico Madrid and goalkeeper Brazao from Cruzeiro. They bid farewell to Emanuele Calaiò and Gianni Munari, who transferred to Salernitana and Brescia.
Speaking of youngsters, two more teams that are not shy in making gambles, Sassuolo and Atalanta, added two defenders, Merih Demiral from Alanyaspor and Roger Ibanez from Fluminense. Bologna signed two that could see consistent playing time in short order: Simone Edera and Lyanco, who are already familiar with Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Three reinforcements for SPAL too, who addressed their defence with Vasco Regini from Sampdoria, who missed the first half of the season due to an ACL tear but recently recovered, Alessandro Murgia from Lazio, who can play in multiple spots in the midfield, and Marko Jankovic from Partinez, who adds a different kind of player to their front-line. Besides purchasing Sandro, Udinese loaned Darwin Machis to Cadiz and substituted Molla Wague with Ben Martin from Watford.
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