The mercato has thus far seen Bologna secure the services of loanees Riccardo Orsolini, Roberto Soriano and Nicola Sansone, as well as acquiring the defender Mattia Bani from Chievo. The latter came out of nothing, and was announced in a matter of days after rumors came to light. Yesterday was the presentation of the player, and asked what kind of defender he is, this is what he answered:
The classic Italian type. I look to give the opponents as little space as possible but it’s how the entire backline does that matters the most.
He’ll no doubt provide us with a physical player who is not afraid to go into a tackle, and he should, hopefully, be an upgrade on Filip Helander. The Swede has been rumored to leave this summer, after failing to fight his way into the team under Mihajlovic. He was a player that, initially, showed a lot of promise, and a player I thought had the most talent of any defender at the club. However, he has often been involved in situations which have led to goals against. More often than not, he played good games, but then he would make a bad choice, and we would concede a goal. A move may be the best for everyone involved.
Which brings us on to other players that probably will leave this summer. Until now, the transfer window has been all about securing new players, but with a lot of money spent, and more to be spent, Bologna need to rid themselves of several players. Both to get more money, as well as not to end up with a too big a squad.
Diego Falcinelli is all but certain to leave. He failed to make his mark at the club after the club exchanged Federico Di Francesco for him last summer, a move, which in hindsight, should not have been made. Filippo Inzaghi did not see the need for Di Francesco, given his 3-5-2 formation, but Falcinelli never really got a chance to shine as other players were preferred. Now he’ll likely move to another Serie A club.
Adam Nagy is another player who most likely will leave the club. The Hungarian showed a lot of promise when initially joining us, but got only ten starts this season in the league, most of them under the tutelage of Inzaghi. Having stagnated, a move should do him good, and several Turkish clubs are reportedly interested.
Another player who has acquired interest from Turkish clubs is Ladislav Krejci. A player who I really want to become an integral part of our team, but who has never really been able to fight his way into the starting eleven. He did get a few games in his first season at the club under Roberto Donadoni (37 league games, 33 starts), but last season he only accumulated eleven starts. As Mihajlovic wants his wingers to cut inside, he does not really fit the bill in attack. He did provide decent competition for Mitchell Dijks at left back when the Dutch could not play, but he cannot be happy with how things has been the last couple of seasons. A move seems likely.
The club will also make some money on the sales of players who have not been part of the squad the last season, instead plying their trade out on loan. Alex Ferrari spent his season at Sampdoria, and they will outright acquire him. The same is true of Emil Krafth, who has been on loan at Amiens, as well as Cesare Falletti at Palermo.
Last but not least, Felipe Avenatti spent last season on loan in Belgium, where he scored 16 goals in 28 games. He has reportedly a lot of suiters in Belgium, and a permanent move for him will likely happen.
Time will tell who does end up leaving the club, but the aforementioned players seem to be the most likely.
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