Sampdoria Start the 2017 Calciomercato Early

With the transfer market officially opened on Saturday, Sampdoria has been active and the club has seen some players leave as well as few others arriving.

There were a few deals completed prior to Saturday and the Blucerchiati fans should expect to see a different squad to the 2016/17 one.

Here is an update some of the completed deals and rumours concerning the Sampdoria squad position by position.

Goalkeepers/Defenders

The goalkeeper positions look unlikely to change but Udinese goalkeeper Alex Meret was linked with Samp at one stage. The 20-year-old impressed on loan at SPAL last season but Napoli is the favourite to lure him.

Slovakian centre-back Milan Skriniar has not been officially sold to Inter but he has reportedly completed his medical examinations and a deal is apparently going to be worth €20 million plus performance-related bonuses.

Captain Vasco Regini was linked with Zenit St Petersburg, SPAL and Cagliari but has recently revealed a desire to stay at the club. That has not stopped the Doriani from purchasing a natural left-back and Nicola Murru has arrived from Cagliari for €7m.

Midfielders

The acquisition of the 22-year-old has meant that Sampdoria will send players to the Sardinian club and central midfielder Luca Cigarini is one of them. The former Atalanta midfielder only lasted one season and he has joined Cagliari as a part of the Murru deal.

Attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes has signed for Portuguese giants Sporting CP for a reported figure €9m plus €1m in bonuses. Il Doria initially bought him from Udinese for around €6m so the club has made a small profit by selling the 22-year-old.

There is more speculation on who will replace Fernandes in the trequartista role. Dutch international Wesley Sneijder had emerged as a potential candidate but Samp tactician Marco Giampaolo is not interested in signing the Galatasaray playmaker and a deal for Fiorentina midfielder Josip Ilicic is near completion.

Strikers

Patrik Schick has signed for Juventus for €30m, with the Bianconeri paying that sum in instalments, and he completed his medical while he was representing the Czech Republic at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.

Colombian striker Luis Muriel has been linked with Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid, Valencia, and Sevilla, EPL side Everton, and Lazio.

Los Che were willing to pay his buy-out clause of €28m that rumour has died down and now the Rojiblancos are preparing an offer worth €18-20m plus €3-4m in bonuses. Samp though want €22m plus bonuses from the Andalusian club.

With Schick gone and Muriel likely to depart, Sampdoria has found a replacement in Gianluca Caprari. He scored nine goals in 35 Serie A matches on loan at Pescara last season and he has been acquired from Inter for €15m.

A couple of other Italian forwards have been linked with Sampdoria as well. Sassuolo centre-forward Diego Falcinelli could bolster the attack as well as Empoli winger Manuel Pucciarelli.

Falcinelli had a great season on loan at Crotone, scoring 13 goals in 35 league games for the Calabrian side, but Pucciarelli struggled for the Tuscans.

The latter is a player that Giampaolo knows from his time with the Azzurri so he would be more familiar with his coaching and the 26-year-old should be cheaper to purchase now that Empoli is in Serie B.

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