Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano has conceded that his side will be fighting for survival despite their impressive transfer campaign so far.
The Stadio Bentegodi outfit are back in the Italian top flight for the first time since their relegation in 2002.
“The first season is always difficult for a newly promoted side,” the official noted. “You have to confront yourself with teams who have had a good base of Serie A players for a year or two already.
“We have good players, but they come from a different category. That is the real difficulty. That is why we will have to try and survive with the strength that we have here.
“The championship will be very difficult and we’ll have to work harder than everybody else. But I’ve spoken to boss Andrea Mandorlini and he’s told me that the players are training well.”
In an attempt to try and rewrite the odds at top betting sites which have Verona as one of the favourites to be relegated, the outfit have been busy trying to strengthen their squad by signing the likes of Luca Toni, Ezequiel Cirigliano and Bosko Jankovic.
“All of the departments in the squad need to be completed or added to,” the former Palermo official added.
“We are not missing a lot, but we will still complete a few more moves in the market. We’ll also see what opportunities the market may offer us.
“Another striker will definitely arrive. But it is a delicate role and it is not easy to find a player whose profile convinces.”
Sogliano was also keen to shield Cirigliano, who completed his move from Argentina last week, from the spotlight.
“It is important that we don’t give Cirigliano too much responsibility. He’s joining a team where we already have certainties in midfield.
“We have to remember that he is a 21-year-old, a really young player even if he was considered as a rising star in South America.
“He is advantaged by the fact that he has already played in some important games and in an important environment like the one at River Plate.”