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Saturday July 21 2018
Official: SPAL snap up Djourou

SPAL have officially signed Switzerland defender Johan Djourou from Turkish side Antalyaspor on a free transfer.

SPAL’s official website confirms Djourou has put pen to paper on a one-year contract, with the obligation for a second if ‘certain conditions’ are met.

The 31-year-old began his career at Arsenal, making 140 appearances for the Gunners, before moving on to Hamburg and most recently Antalyaspor.

He has 75 caps for his country, representing them at five major tournaments, including the 2018 World Cup.

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Thursday July 19 2018
Mattiello set for Bologna

Bologna are reportedly set to complete the signing of Atalanta full-back Federico Mattiello.

According to CalcioNews24, Mattiello underwent a medical with Bologna on Thursday ahead of joining on loan with an option to buy, which will come into force once he has made a certain number of appearances.

The 23-year-old broke his leg while playing for Juventus in February 2015 but finally put the injury behind him last season, turning out 31 times for SPAL to help them preserve their Serie A status.

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Thursday July 19 2018
Official: Spal sign Petagna

Spal have officially confirmed the signing of Andrea Petagna from Atalanta, on loan with an obligation to buy “under certain conditions”.

The striker was a regular in Gian Piero Gasperini’s side last season, but the arrival of Duvan Zapata left him surplus to requirements.

“Spal 2013 announces the signing, on loan with an obligation to buy under certain conditions, of the striker Andrea Petagna from the club Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio,” a statement on the club’s official website confirms.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Petagna to SPAL for €15m

SPAL have reportedly agreed to sign Andrea Petagna on loan for €3m with obligation to give Atalanta another €12m if they secure safety.

According to Sky Sport Italia, it is the biggest operation in SPAL’s transfer history.

The Italy international centre-forward left the Atalanta training camp today and is on his way to Ferrara.

Gianluca Di Marzio revealed new details on the financial aspect of the move and it is a remarkably expensive deal.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Petagna set for Spal

Andrea Petagna has left Atalanta’s pre-season training camp, as he prepares to complete a move to Spal.

The striker was a regular for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side last season, but managed just six goals in all competitions.

With the arrival of Duvan Zapata his playing time was likely to be limited in Bergamo, and it soon emerged that he was in talks with Spal.

Now Sky Italia is reporting that the 23-year-old has left the Orobici’s pre-season training camp, as they two clubs exchange the necessary documents.

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Saturday July 14 2018
SPAL going for Djourou

SPAL are in advanced negotiations for Antalyaspor centre-back Johan Djourou, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The 31-year-old Switzerland international was at the World Cup in Russia this summer, taking his career tally up to 75 senior caps.

He had been at Antalyaspor, but is expected to become a free agent with his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Serie A minnows SPAL have been interested for a while, but are stepping up talks for the former Arsenal and Hamburger SV defender.

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Saturday July 14 2018
Petagna heading to SPAL

SPAL are close to agreeing a deal for Atalanta centre-forward Andrea Petagna, on loan with option to buy for a total €14m.

Petagna is no longer required in Bergamo after they signed Duvan Zapata from Sampdoria.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the striker has given the all-clear and a medical should be due next week.

It remains to be seen what the formula of the deal will be, as it’s initially a loan for €2m with option to buy for another €12m at the end of the season.

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Thursday July 12 2018
Meret out 'four to six weeks'

Alex Meret had surgery on a fractured arm today and the Napoli goalkeeper “should be back on the field in four to six weeks.”

The unlucky shot-stopper had just completed his transfer from Udinese when he was hurt in a training ground collision yesterday.

X-Rays showed the fracture of the middle third of the ulna in his left arm.

He had an operation today, in which a metal plate was applied to speed up the recovery time, then a mid-sized cast was applied.

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Wednesday July 11 2018
Napoli: Meret fractured ulna

Bad news for new Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, who fractured a bone in his arm during training today.

The former Udinese and SPAL shot-stopper was involved in a nasty collision with teenage teammate Mezzoni at their Dimaro training ground.

He immediately winced in pain and had treatment before leaving the field with ice on his arm.

A statement from the club confirmed Meret has been diagnosed with a fracture of the middle third of the ulna in his left arm.

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Friday July 6 2018
Official: Spal sign Valoti

Spal have officially confirmed the signing of Mattia Valoti from Verona, on loan with an obligation to buy “under certain conditions”.

The 24-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Butei, but they were relegated from Serie A in 2017-18.

“Spal 2013 have acquired the midfielder Mattia Valoti from Verona on loan, with the obligation to buy under certain conditions,” the club confirmed in a statement on their official website.

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