The tale of the new striker – a story in infinite parts

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July is over, England won the European Championship, Arthur Theate left for France, and Bologna have still not signed the long sought-after striker to play second string to Marko Arnautovic.

After having been thought to be after the Norwegian Jørgen Strand Larsen for most of the summer, suddenly Lorenzo Lucca seemed destined for Bologna, and we were all checking his Youtube compilations. Before we even managed to say Lorenzo, Lucca was on his way to Amsterdam to join Ajax.

As the rumors started about the Norwegian again, Bologna out of the blue went for Roma outcast Eldor Shomurodov, and according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, the club is meeting with his entourage today.

So, what have we learned so far this summer? Well, for one thing, there are more strikers in this world than anything else. If there exists a striker on a field of gravel in an obscure country on eastern Uranus, Bologna will find that striker, or, at least, Bologna will be said to be interested in that striker.

Also, this summer truly seems to be the big exodus of talent from Serie A and Italy. Bologna have sold Svanberg, Theate and Hickey, but we have also seen several decent players leave their respective clubs for clubs abroad.

Kessie at AC Milan, Koulibaly at Napoli, De Ligt at Juventus and Scamacca at Sassuolo, just to mention a few. The league truly has taken a big hit this summer, and it remains to be seen what the result of that hit will be.

In other news, Bologna are, not surprisingly, on the look for a couple of central defenders.

As mentioned previously, Lucumi at Genk and Schuurs at Ajax are the hot names at the moment, but there does not seem to be anything close as of yet. And why should the club rush – there is only a week til the Coppa Italia match against Cosenza, and eleven days until the league opener versus Lazio.

Oh, Friday Bologna took a beating by FC Twente, losing 4-1 against the Dutchmen, with Adama Soumaoro scoring for Bologna. I did not catch the game, but according to the papers it was an abysmal showing.

PHOTO: Bologna FC

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