All in all, it was a pretty quiet week in Serie A, but it still included some massive deals, as Juventus pulled off one of the transfers of the summer by acquiring Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax, while Roma have commenced re-building the back-line with Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta and won the race to sign Jordan Veretout from Fiorentina.
The Orobici have signed Ruben Malinovskyi from Genk, who is somebody to keep an eye on fantasy-wise since he was extremely productive in Belgium, thanks to penalties and other set pieces. The 26-year-old midfielder scored 30 times and provided 32 assists in 135 games with his former team and figures to be able to back up both Alejandro Gomez as no.10 and Marten De Roon and Remo Freuler as pivot. Gian Piero Gasperini also occasionally deploys a three-man midfield, which is the most fitting scheme for him.
Parma have been on a tear in the last two weeks and completed their two biggest purchases yet by bringing back Roberto Inglese from Napoli and Yann Karamoh from Inter, although in the second case the obligation to buy is conditioned. Considering his traits, he is an ideal back-up for Gervinho and will also be able to start opposite to him. They addressed another need by adding Andreas Cornelius from Atalanta, who is more suited to be Inglese’s reserve than Fabio Ceravolo since he has a more similar skillset. Inglese was productive last season, but also missed a lot of time due to repeated ankle injuries, ending up with nine goals in 25 appearances. Curiously, both Cornelius and Karamoh were on loan at Bordeaux last season. The Ducali also brought in Primavera standout Dejan Kulusevski from the Goddess, who will try to work his way up the ladder in their suddenly crowded midfield, and terminated early the loan spell of Nicholas Schiappacasse from Atletico Madrid, who was no longer needed after the recent moves.
Unsurprisingly, Sassuolo have gone young to replace Merih Demiral and obtained Andreaw Gravillon on loan from Inter: he was one of the best defenders in last year’s Serie B and is certainly a bright prospect. They could be all set in the back if Marlon manages to shake off last year’s big injury and they do not sell anybody else.
Three additions by Verona, which signed Miguel Veloso, Boris Radunovic from Atalanta and Koray Gunter from Genoa, both on loan. The veteran midfielder signed as a free agent after three years with the Griffon. He showed to have still something left in the tank last season and could therefore be their new anchor of the midfield, but he has also been routinely affected by muscular injuries. The new goalie will compete with Marco Silvestri on goal, but last year’s starter still has an edge as Radunovic was solid but not spectacular in his most recent stints, while the centre-back, who did not get to play much at Genoa, will have better chances to feature here in a three-man line that is still a work in progress.
Bologna and Udinese have brought in two more youngsters: the Felsinei acquired left winger Lassi Lappalainen from HJK Helsinki, who was pretty prolific in the Finnish league and mitigates some depth issues up front, while the Friulani poached striker Cristo Gonzalez from Real Madrid, who scored a lot with the Castilla and, since he is pretty supple, can partner with any of their current forwards.
Lazio signed Sofian Kiyine and Angelo Ndrecka from Chievo, but they already loaned the talented midfielder to Salernitana, while Ndrecka is a 17-year-old left back that will likely play in their youth team. Recent acquisition Andreas Karo and right winger Cristiano Lombardi were also shipped for a season to their Serie B affiliate, while striker Alessandro Rossi was sent to Juve Stabia. Former Lecce and Atalanta-owned Marco Tumminello will instead play at Pescara. Torino sold Vitalie Damascan, who never featured with the senior team, to Fortuna Sittard.
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