Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap: Saponara, Moses, Bonifazi…

Not a particularly big week as teams prefer do their business late hoping for some bargains, yet some decent deals still went down, but generally with limited fantasy ramifications, as testified by the fact that the most meaningful one is Lecce signing Riccardo Saponara on loan from Fiorentina after a poor spell at Genoa. Saponara is a pure no.10 and, if he manages to stay healthy, he could push their stud Marco Mancosu to box-to-box, but he will be fine there too. They can move pieces around in the midfielder and Fabio Liverani tested a Panagiotis Tachtsidis-less formation last week with good returns, so the Greek might ultimately be the one getting the short end of the stick.

Inter signed another former Premier League player in Victor Moses from Chelsea, who spent the last few months at Fenerbahce. He reunites with Antonio Conte, under which he had his best seasons at Stamford Bridge, tallying three goals and a pair of assists in each. If he shows well, he might push Antonio Candreva for the starting job on the right wing, as the Italian has been passable but not exactly spectacular. In a corresponding move, the Nerazzurri loaned Valentino Lazaro to Newcastle, with option to buy, as the Austrian international always looked too offensive-minded and sloppy defensively for the position he was supposed to play in, failing to earn the trust of the coach.

Two interesting future deals were finalized in the past seven days: Napoli acquired the imposing Amir Rrahmani from Verona, who has been very a day-one starter and very reliable after joining from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer, while Bologna locked up Emanuel Vignato from Chievo, who had been surprisingly overlooked by Serie A teams during the summer despite showing signs of huge potential and a favourable contractual situation.

For the present instead, Atalanta purchased Lennart Czyborra from Heracles, who has had an early career very similar to Robin Gosens and will try to succeed in what Guilherme Arana and Arkadiusz Reca have not been able to do in the last 18-month, finding time at left wing-back. He is only 20-years-old so the club is looking ahead.

Returns were all the rage in the last couple of days. Kevin Bonifazi headed back to SPAL after spending two strong seasons on loan there in the past. He did not won Walter Mazzarri over at Torino, but he all expectation is that he is going to be a starter in Ferrara, phasing out one of their veterans. Sampdoria brought back Lorenzo Tonelli from Napoli, who played 17 games there last season. They lost Alex Ferrari and sold Jeison Murillo, so the veteran will be in contention with Julian Chabot to start next to Omar Colley. Udinese reunited with Marvin Zeegelaar, who tallied double-digit appearances in the second half 2018/2019 campaign but never played at Watford this year. He will back up Ken Sema on the left wing.  Genoa added another experienced midfielder in Sebastian Eriksson, who was previously part of Cagliari’s roster where he was younger. He figures to feature mostly in a defensively role and was extremely cheap.

Clubs are trimming the rosters, letting go players that had rarely seen the pitch: Genoa loaned winger Sinan Gumus to Antalyaspor and rescinded Sandro’s contact and then he went on to join Goias. Same destination for Daniel Bessa, who had never appeared for Verona this season after sustaining a major thigh problem over the summer. The most significant move in this regard was Fiorentina giving up on Pedro, who has moved to Flamengo on a year-long loan with option to buy. He came to Italy with decent buzz after productive campaigns at Fluminense, but did not look ready physically and simply did not pan out and his potential playing time was nullified by the arrival of Patrick Cutrone.

Napoli, who signed two midfielders in the winter window, loaned Gianluca Gaetano to Cremonese, while Lecce sent Romario Benzar to Perugia as Andrea Rispoli and Biagio Meccariello outplayed him and they recently added Giulio Donati at right back.

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