Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Mercato 2012/13 Preview

With the 2012/13 Serie A season just over two months away, rumours and speculation over what reinforcements Torino will make for the new season has already begun.

After the departures of on loan goalkeepers Ferdinando Coppola and Francesco Benussi, one of Toro's main priorities in the summer transfer market is a keeper, with Bologna's Jean-Fran├žois Gillet being heavily rumoured. Genoa's French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has also been mentioned, but given his salary, that seems extremely unlikely. In defence, Cagliari's Michele Canini is apparently a target and would provide the defence with some much needed top flight experience. In midfield, the enigmatic Alessio Cerci (who played under Giampiero Ventura at Pisa) has been rumoured, but he is expected to feature in Vincenzo Montella's plans at Fiorentina next season. A number of South American imports have also featured in the gossip columns, with Lanus midfielder Guido Pizzaro perhaps the most likely acquisition. Up front, the name Paulo Barreto continues to come up, as it did for much of last season, and although he has played for Ventura before, his lack of football in the last two seasons would be a worry.

However, if some of these players are to come in, one would expect a number of the players who helped Toro to promotion to leave the club. Speculation concerning Angelo Ogbonna has been relatively quiet, with many potential suitors being put off by his high price tag, which may hopefully mean he will stay for at least one more season. Francesco Pratali and Alessandro Parisi are both out of contract in the summer, and given their age, it is unlikely that they will be renewed for next season. In midfield Manuel Iori who impressed many whilst on loan last season will not return to the club, however Migjen Basha who was also on loan could return. Up front, speculation continues regarding the future of captain Rolando Bianchi and whilst he wants to stay at Toro, he may not fit into Ventura's plans.

Forza Toro

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