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Friday July 12 2019
Toro charge towards Europe

With Torino unexpectedly given a shot at the Europa League, Jay Cassano evaluates where the squad needs to improve.

Milan's exclusion from European football as a result of their Financial Fair Play settlement means Torino gets to take their place. In truth, missing a season of the Europa League won't have much impact on Milan's fortunes given their strong revenue base while they try to become a Champions League squad once again. But for Torino, it represents a significant upswing in fortunes. This windfall sets the Granata up to continue building on the strong work they've done in recent seasons.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Official: Torino purchase Aina

As expected, Torino have activated their €10m option to buy wing-back Ola Aina on a permanent basis from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old spent this season on loan in Serie A with 32 Serie A appearances, one goal and three assists.

The Nigeria international impressed under Coach Walter Mazzarri and Toro had confirmed several months ago they intended to activate the €10m option.

“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Ola for his services and we wish him the best of luck for the next stage in his career.”

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Monday June 10 2019
Toro confirm Aina deal

Torino President Urbano Cairo has announced that his club have signed full-back Ola Aina from Chelsea on a permanent basis for €10m.

Aina spent last season on loan at Torino, and Cairo confirmed his club had honoured their right to purchase the 22-year-old, despite Chelsea’s apparent counter-option.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Torino go for Mario Rui

Torino are reportedly preparing a €13m bid for Napoli left-back Mario Rui and are ready to exercise their €10m option on Chelsea’s Ola Aina.

According to Tuttosport, Toro Coach Mazzarri has asked President Urbano Cairo to bring in the Portugal international this summer.

The 28-year-old has fallen out of favour at the San Paolo this season, while receiving heavy criticism from the home crowd, and his agent recently confirmed his exit.

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Tuesday May 28 2019
Toro to exercise Aina option

Torino have confirmed that they will exercise their €10m option to buy Chelsea full-back Ola Aina.

Aina played 32 times for Torino, scoring one goal and providing three assists as the Granata finished the season on 63 points – a new club record since Serie A went to three points for a win.

“He’s done well, we’ll send Chelsea a letter stating that we will exercise our option to buy him,” President Urbano Cairo told Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday April 30 2019
Report: Chelsea want Aina back

Chelsea are reportedly planning to bring back Ola Aina once his loan spell at Torino expires.

Toro have a €10m option to buy Aina at the end of the season, but the full-back signed a new contract with Chelsea before he made the move.

That suggests the Blues have a counter-option, and the Evening Standard writes they are ‘reluctant’ to part with their youth graduate, especially if their transfer ban stands.

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Wednesday April 24 2019
Revealed: Fiorentina's transfer targets

Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina shopping list for this summer has reportedly been revealed.

According to La Nazione, a new right-back is a priority for the Viola next season and Torino’s Ola Aina and Brescia’s Alessandro Semprini top Montella’s wish list.

Aina is currently on loan at Toro from Chelsea and the Granata have an option to buy at the end of the season, but the newspaper notes the Tuscans could hijack any deal.

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Tuesday March 19 2019
Aina given three-game ban

Torino full-back Ola Aina has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Bologna at the weekend.

Aina was shown a straight red card in stoppage time of the 3-2 defeat for showing dissent to the referee, and the FIGC’s sporting judiciary has not held back with its punishment.

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Sunday February 24 2019
Torino to buy Aina from Chelsea

Torino will reportedly take up their €10m purchase option on Chelsea wing-back Ola Aina.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international arrived on loan at a cost of €600,000.

He has impressed so far this season, contributing a goal and an assist in 22 Serie A appearances for the Granata.

According to Tuttosport, Torino and Coach Walter Mazzarri have decided to take up the €10m option to buy at the end of the season.

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Wednesday February 13 2019
Aina set for Toro stay

Torino will reportedly exercise their €10m option to buy Chelsea full-back Ola Aina this summer.

According to La Stampa, Toro have seen enough to warrant keeping Aina beyond his season-long loan.

The 22-year-old has grown into a key player for the Granata, making 22 appearances in all competitions.

Aina was called up for Antonio Conte’s first Chelsea preseason in 2016 but failed to kick on at Stamford Bridge.

He also has seven caps for Nigeria, despite representing England at youth level.

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