Transfer window thoughts + the Sartori press conference

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A new pre-season is getting closer, and the rumor mill has almost gone bananas lately. The account Spazio Bologna on Twitter has done a very good job keeping track of all the names we have been linked with, and I really do recommend following him for that thread alone. As of now we’ve been linked with over 50 players, which is quite the number this early in the summer.

And it is going to be a very interesting summer indeed, especially given new technical director Giovanni Sartori. The former Atalanta man has been known to find value in hidden gems, and Bologna need to find good value for money after a tough Covid-period with less revenue.

During Joey Saputo’s ownership, the credo has always been «sell to spend» to a certain degree. That will also be the case this summer. Saputo came to Bologna this week to talk to Sartori and Marco Di Vaio, and there was an official presentation of Sartori today.

My guess is that this summer money will sky rocket as a result of even more ridiculous sums of money already spent this early in the window, with Haaland to City, Nunez to Liverpool and Tchouaméni to Madrid, to name a few. We might think the transfer dealings of the bigs don’t affect Bologna, but more money in the market in general will drive inflation even further, which is why it is so crucial that the players we do manage to bring in, end up being successful.

Still, those ridiculous amounts of money don’t guarantee trophies or even wins. Just look at the decline of a team like Man Utd in recent years despite spending an enormous amount of money.

Which brings us to the ins and outs. By looking at the squad as of now, Bologna have 28 players. According to Transfermarkt, the deals of Francesco Bardi, Nicola Viola, Luis Rojas, Diego Falcinelli and Federico Santander all expire at the end of June, which brings the total down to 23.

Given that we are to bring in a few players this summer, some players have to leave to make space. There has already been talk of interest in players like Aaron Hickey, Riccardo Orsolini, Mattias Svanberg and Emanuel Vignato. The Scottish left back is almost certain to leave, whilst there are doubt over the others, but there can be no doubt that the departure of anyone of them will leave a hole in the squad. During the press conference Tuesday, Sartori had some interesting things to say:

Arnautovic is unsellable, he is our most important player.

Giovanni Sartori

And whilst Sartori also stressed that one can never say never, Arnautovic remains off the market, which is very good news, especially given the news that that purple lot in Toscana apparently are sniffing around. The new technical director also made it clear that new transfers will depend on sales.

Yes, it will depend on sales, clearly, The squad, as it is, is solid. We’ll see.

Giovanni Sartori

A quote which is kind of underwhelming, to be fair, but it would be unwise to go out and promise signings independently of the exits.

I like the squad like it is as of now, but there are players that have failed to impress over the last year, like Mitchell Dijks, Nicola Sansone, Michael Kinglsey, Ibrahima Mbaye and Luis Binks. There has been talk of the latter leaving on loan to gain experience, whilst the others will all probably be permitted to leave if an opportunity should arise. Those players need to be replaced with stronger options, which would then put the club in a much stronger position come the start of the new season.

Anyway, I’m sure there will be movement in the market soon. See you in the comments.

PHOTO: Bologna FC

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