The League communicated the schedule of the first two matches with Parma-Juventus opening the season on Saturday, August 24th at 6 pm local time, while the clash with Napoli in Turin will be played late on Sunday the following week, with kick-off set at 8.45 pm, the new ‘old’ starting time for night games after that they begun at 8.30 pm in 2018/2019.
While the top officials are defining two blockbuster trades with English clubs, the rest of the management is assembling the U23 squad and earlier this week added a pretty big piece in Erasmo Mule from Sampdoria, who was purchased for €5M. The 20-year-old defender was signed by the Blucerchiati in January, but stayed on loan to Trapani, which he helped gain the promotion. He is the second dedicated arrival after central midfielder Hamza Rafia from Olympique Lyonnais, who was instead bought for €400k after shining in last year’s Youth League.
The second team should rely on some of the home grown talents returning from not so great loan spell, such as 22-year-old attacking midfielder Luca Clemenza, who did not manage to fully hit his stride at Ascoli and Padova in Serie B, and 26-year-old striker Stefano Beltrame, who has spent the last three seasons in Netherlands. Other options could be attackers Eric Lanini and Erick Gerbi and defenders Claudio Zappa, Dario Del Fabrio and Filippo Delli Carri.
Left back Edoardo Masciangelo was redeemed after the temporary stint from Lugano, like central midfielder Idrissa Toure from Werder Bremer, right winger Luca Zanimacchia from Genoa and striker Marco Olivieri from Empoli, so they are expected to remain on the team, alongside central midfielder Douda Peeters, who was acquired from Sampdoria last January but finished the season there on loan.
Few players have left: standout attacker Lorenzo Mosti has joined Mosta on a season-long loan with conditioned obligation to buy, centre-back Mattias Anderson was shipped to Sion, midfielders Christian Makoun was not retained from Zamora and Roger Tamba M’Pinda was sold to Apollon Limassol. Veteran striker Benjamin Mokulu left for Padova, while 21-year-old goalkeeper Mattia Del Favero has been loaned to Piacenza. Few contributors are drawing interest from Serie B sides, in particular Hans Nicholussi Caviglia and Stephy Mavididi, who spent time with the first team, and could soon depart for a bigger stage.
In order to replenish the roster, few men were promoted form the Primavera: goalkeepers Franco Israel and Leonardo Loria, centre-back Riccardo Capellini, right back Lucas Rosas, midfielder Manolo Portanova, who is the very touted and might be lured away from a Serie B club, and attackers Kevin Monzialo and Nikolai Frederiksen.
The management completed the ranks of the youth coaches in the last few days: Francesco Pedone will continue to lead the U-17, while Andrea Bonatti, formerly of Lazio, will replace Paolo Beruatto at the helm of U-16. Former player Corrado Grabbi will manage the U-15, while Massimiliano Marchi and Fabio Moschini will continue coaching the U-13. The Bianconeri declined to enter the new U-18 team.
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