Serie A Weekly News Recap

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The transfer market formally opened this week and so a flurry of moves were made official. Gianluigi Buffon joined PSG; Inter signed Stefan De Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah on free transfers and acquired Lautaro Martinez from Racing; Milan brought in Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinic and Alen Halilovic without paying anything.

Napoli announced the arrivals of Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis from Udinese and Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis, for whom they paid around €30M. Sampdoria have bought Jakub Jankto from Udinese, who totalled nine goals and 12 assists over the last two seasons with the Zebrette. Continue reading

Roma’s summer plans start to take shape

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Despite two vitally important matches remaining in Roma’s 2017-2018 campaign, the plans regarding the club’s transfer market for the summer are starting to take shape.

While there’s no doubt Roma’s sole focus is on their two remaining fixtures against Juve and Sassuolo as the club try to confirm their place in next season’s Champions League Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Week – Round 32: Lazio vs Roma

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The two most anticipated matches of the last Serie A round, Milan-Napoli and Lazio-Roma, failed to deliver in the terms of scoring, but they were still vibrant and certainly did not lack action. The Derby of the Italian Capital was a little more hard-fought.

The two sides arrived at the game in a completely different mood after the European efforts: Roma trampled Barcelona in an historical upset and gained access to the Champions League semi-finals, while Lazio wasted away a good lead with a five-minutes black-out against Red Bulls Salzburg, squandering a qualification that was within reach. They were tied in third place in the standings, one point above Inter.

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Bruno Peres’ strong week provides a positive for Roma

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Despite being a largely peripheral figure for AS Roma this campaign, acting predominantly as a back up to starting right-back, Alessandro Florenzi, it’s been positive to see Bruno Peres put in two excellent shifts in a row.

A heavily derided figure by many of the Giallorossi faithful since joining last season, the Brazilian’s upturn in form against Barcelona, in Roma’s Champions League quarter-final clash, and against Fiorentina, saw him arguably be his team’s best player in both fixtures. Continue reading