A tranquil week on the transfer market, as the team gear up for their Serie A debut and for the final torrid days of the session, but it still included some meaningful transfers especially among the minnows. The biggest signings were made of by Fiorentina, which convinced Franck Ribery, and Napoli that found their new offensive weapon in Hirving Lozano.
Roma instead added Davide Zappacosta on an initial six-month loan from Chelsea, with an option to extend it until the end of the season. The reported reason for the particular formula is that the Blues might need him back in January in case of an injury, as they can not make purchases. Zappacosta did not pan out in London, but he was a solid right back in Torino, and former Granata executive Gianluca Petrachi, was a big proponent. He will replace Davide Santon in the roster, backing up Alessandro Florenzi, who might occasionally be used also in other positions.
After bringing in Antonio Barreca, Genoa added another left wing-back: Marko Pajac, who was surprisingly effective in the last six months of last season at Empoli under the same coach, Aurelio Andreazzoli, scoring twice and providing two assists. The decision gives them a very energetic tandem on that flank.
Sassuolo let go Claud Adjapong, who never managed to become a regular over the last four years, who transferred to Verona, where he will challenge Marco Davide Faraoni to play on the right flank. The Neroverdi replaced him with 20-year-old Mert Muldur from Austria Wien, who was pursued by few Serie A sides and will alternate with Jeremy Toljan, who joined earlier in the summer.
Udinese finally got one guy to cover the left flank, which was deprived of last year’s contributors Marvin Zeegelaar and Marco D’Alessandro: it’s Ken Sema from Watford, who got only some limited playing time in Premier League last season but should be a little more offensive than the two previous options there.
Verona were forced to sign one more midfielder after the health scare of Emmanuel Badu and they went with a good prospect such as Sofyan Amrabat from Club Brugge, who could slide right in the role. SPAL brought back to Serie A Nenad Tomovic from Chievo, who will add some depth and experience to the rearguard, and changed their back-up goalie, as Alfred Gomis was poached by Dijon, where he should have the opportunity to be a starter, and replaced him with Karlo Letica, coming from the same Belgian team as Amrabat.
After few years as a solid back-up, Marcello Gazzola has left Parma and joined Empoli and the Ducali could bring in another right back after Vincent Laurini. Bologna shipped out another midfielder, Godfred Donsah, who moved to Cercle Brugge on a loan with option to buy.
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