Inter-Verona: while Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku continue to be very reliable, the Beneamata are getting additional pieces back, as Matias Vecino scored in Champions League and Stefano Sensi looked pretty good in his stint off the bench. The two are certainly better fantasy options than Roberto Gagliardini, who filled in while they were sidelined, and the ex Sassuolo player, in particular, was fantastic at the beginning of the season. Valentino Lazaro was okay against Brescia and his skill-set is interesting, especially against the minnows where he would not need to defend a lot. Matteo Politano got hurt in Dortmund, so the first man up off the bench in the attack would be Salvatore Esposito. Verona have scored just nine times so far, so their back-line is certainly in play despite the ongoing clean sheet-less run. Continue reading
A pretty quiet week, as it is usual in the final one of July and the trend will likely continue in the first one of August as well. The biggest acquisition was made by Napoli, which signed Eljif Elmas from Fenerbahce to add another talented youngster to their midfield.
Inter parted ways with Joao Miranda, who was solid for a pair of seasons, but faded once they brought in Stefan De Vrij last season and would have been further buried in the depth chart because of Diego Godin joining, so he opted to move to Jiangsu Suning. The Beneamata has Andrea Ranocchia as back-up and could decide to keep Alessandro Bastoni, who showed decently at Parma last season. Continue reading
Napoli came up victorious in the race to sign Elijf Elmas from Fenerbahce, who was pursued by multiple Serie A and foreign teams before the decisive sprint by the Partenopei. As announced by the Turkish club late on Monday, they paid €16M plus bonuses for the 19-year-old midfielder, who will ink a five-year contract once he will have completed his medicals.
After a first season where he did not play much, Elmas collected 29 appearances in the Super Lig in the most recent campaign, scoring four times. In his previous stop, in the North Macedonian side Rabotnicki Skopje, he amassed eight goals and eight assists in 48 games. He has been playing professionally since he was 17 and already has 11 caps with his senior national teams. Continue reading