Sunday, 5 August 2018

Mercato Update

With the Serie A season only a fortnight away, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the transfer business that has been carried out by Torino this summer.

In a change from last season, the transfer window will actually close before the season starts on August 17th, which means every Serie A team will be able to play their first game without having uncertainty around players who may be looking to leave the club.

Goalkeepers

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was apparently a target for new Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, that speculation was ended when the Italian international signed a new contract until 2022.

Sirigu's number two this season will be Uruguayan Salvador Ichazo after last season's deputy Vanja Milinkovic-Savic left the club to join SPAL. Veteran goalkeeper Antonio Rosati has also signed on a free transfer to act as third choice.

Defenders

Armando Izzo has arrived from Genoa for an initial €8 million fee and with Walter Mazzarri favouring a 3-5-2 formation, he will be integral to the team this season. Brazilian defender Bremer has also signed from Atlético Mineiro and he may be forced into first team action sooner than first thought given injuries to Kevin Bonifazi and Lyanco.

Cristian Molinaro and Nicolas Burdisso both left the club following the expiration of their contracts, whilst Antonio Barreca is the most notable departure, with the full back joining Monaco.

Midfielders

As part of the deal that took Barreca to Monaco, Toro acquired talented youngster Soualiho Meïté who impressed on loan at Bordeaux last season. Tomas Rincon's loan move was made permanent, whilst Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic as returned from a loan spell at Levante.

Swedish youngster Samuel Gustafson has once again been loaned out, this time to Serie B side Hellas Verona.

Attackers

M'Baye Niang's loan move last season included a compulsory purchase option, however after an impressive World Cup with Senegal, the former AC Milan striker has been linked with a move away from the club. However, unless he does depart, it is unlikely that Toro will sign any further attackers.

Forza Toro

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