The mercato finally kicked into gear over the last few days, with some transfers that are set to have meaningful ramifications in the fantasy game as well.
Fiorentina brought Patrick Cutrone back to Serie A after just four months at Wolverhampton as he has joined on an 18-month loan with obligation to buy for a total cost of €19M. The striker scored just twice in Premier League but he had delivered at Milan when the coach gave him some run, in particular in the 2017/2018 season, where he finished with ten goals. A pure poacher, Cutrone should play well off Federico Chiesa and their other assist-man. La Viola will let Pedro go and go with Cutrone and Dusan Vlahovic as their top centre-forwards and they two can easily play together. Vlahovic has had bright flashes but he is a little raw and Cutrone figures to be more consistent.
One of the unheralded fantasy studs out of the minnow switched team: Jasmin Kurtic moved from SPAL to Parma. Like the rest of the squad, he was not great this year, hitting the net twice after doing so six times last season. He joins a pretty crowded midfield that features a fairly similar player, Juraj Kucka, and the two will likely play opposite to one another and next to a deep-lying playmaker most of the times. Hernani manned that position recently, but also Matteo Scozzarella will be involved, while Alberto Grassi and Gaston Brugman will take a hit. Kurtic could put up stronger numbers in a better club, but his role might not be as prominent. At SPAL, which are poised to replace him with the muscular Bryan Dabo coming from Fiorentina, Mattia Valoti and Alessandro Murgia are set to shoulder bigger responsibilities, especially on offense, and Valoti has appealing potential there.
Milan have decided to longer wait for Mattia Caldara, who has returned to Atalanta on an 18-month loan with option to buy. Caldara was part of the Gonzalo Higuain-Leonardo Bonucci deal two summers ago, but he never played in Rossonero due to two massive injuries. He has been cleared few weeks ago so he is available to play, then it will be up to Gian Piero Gasperini to assess his physical level after such a long time on the shelf. Caldara was phenomenal few years ago in Bergamo and he could easily supplant one of their starters, but it all hinges on how far along he is in his recovery.
Alessandro Deiola left Cagliari, where he played a grand total of one minute so far, to move to Lecce on loan, where he will have more opportunities to play considering their thin midfield, but he is unlikely to turn into a fantasy weapon.
Teams have begun offloading under-used footballers: Fiorentina shipped Sebastian Cristoforo to Eibar, while Amato Ciciretti, Gennaro Tutino, Simone Pinna, Riccardo Fiamozzi and Francisco Sierralta have all been loaned to Empoli. The first duo belonged to Napoli, with Tutino spending the first half of the season at Verona but without getting many looks, Pinna started the opener for Cagliari but never appeared since, while Fiamozzi and Sierralta never played for Lecce and Udinese respectively. The more meaningful player to take the same route is Andrea La Mantia, who scored a couple of goals with the Salentini but was a third stringer behind Gianluca Lapadula and Khouma Babacar and so he opted to move back to Serie B. The Azzurri will buy him out at the end of the campaign.
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