Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Roma under transfer investigation too?

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Juventus are only one of the many clubs under investigation for inflated transfer values, including Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

The investigation into Juve is formal, with the club’s offices in Turin and Milan raided on Friday and Saturday, but this could just be the beginning for Italian and European football.

It is part of a wider investigation into transfer values and the so-called plusvalenze – capital gains – especially when it comes to player exchanges.

Because the market dictates what a player is worth, two clubs can agree to a set fee, even if it is extremely inflated, allowing both of them to balance their books by trading assets seemingly worth huge sums.

Most often, it is seen with youth team players who are traded as part of a larger transfer and given vastly inflated prices.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, there are several clubs involved in the first stage of the investigation, which began secretly in the autumn of 2020.

They include Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

Napoli are already being looked at in France for their deal with LOSC for Victor Osimhen, which was one of the clearest examples of the technique used.

Officially, that transfer was worth over €80m, but that included €20m worth of player exchanges.

The four players in question, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team products, didn’t really play for Lille and were released from their contracts after loans to Serie C sides.

It is also reported the FIGC requested the opportunity to share information with the financial authorities as part of their own investigation into plusvalenze in football.

Because this type of creative accounting requires two clubs to agree on the valuation of a player, it stands to reason that only the practice is widespread.

Andrea Agnelli

Serie A Highlights: Sampdoria 3-1 Verona

Watch as Sampdoria fought back from a deflected Adrien Tameze opener, inspired by Antonio Candreva with a goal and assist.

Serie A | Sampdoria 3-1 Verona: Candreva recharges Samp

Hellas Verona had started very aggressively, taking the lead when Tameze made the most of a deflection off Maya Yoshida.

Ciccio Caputo missed a sitter, but Candreva took control with a splendid half-volley on Valerio Verre’s flicked cross.

He then created the second with a cross glanced in off Albin Ekdal’s head, before Nicola Murru completed a counter-attack.

Serie A | Sampdoria 3-1 Verona: Candreva recharges Samp

Antonio Candreva scored one and created another as Sampdoria fought back from a Hellas Verona opener for their second consecutive victory.

The Blucerchiati ended their negative streak by beating Salernitana 2-0 last week, but were still missing Mikkel Damsgaard, Ernesto Torregrossa and Fabio Depaoli. Verona had picked up 11 points from the last five rounds, but Nikola Kalinic and Gianluca Frabotta were injured.

Hellas had a very aggressive start, Darko Lazovic’s cross-shot testing Emil Audero, but then Francesco Caputo somehow fired over from close range on a cross from the left.

Liveblog: Serie A Wk14 Super Saturday

Samp lost Ferrari to injury and moments later Verona took the lead, the Adrien Tameze long-range strike taking a big deflection off substitute Maya Yoshida to completely wrong-foot Audero.

Ceccherini’s volley flashed just over the bar, but Samp got their equaliser with a splendid individual goal.

Valerio Verre’s cross from the left was flicked on by Caputo, Antonio Candreva at the back post let it bounce and then smacked in the right-foot half-volley from a tricky angle.

Giovanni Simeone stung Audero’s gloves and Ivan Ilic drilled wide of the near stick, but Samp turned it around when Candreva’s ferocious cross grazed Albin Ekdal on the head to fly into the far bottom corner.

Verona kept pushing with Lazovic drilling wide and Audero getting his gloves to a Gianluca Caprari curler, but Samp sealed it in stoppages on the counter-attack. Manolo Gabbiadini’s effort was charged down, Nicola Murru turning in the rebound with a precise left-foot angled drive.

Sampdoria 3-1 Verona

Tameze 37 (V), Candreva 51 (S), Ekdal 77 (S), Murru 90 (S)

Why Serie A players have a red mark on their cheeks

Players in Serie A this weekend are sporting a red mark on their cheeks as part of a campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

Every year for several seasons now, the Lega Serie A has participated in the campaign Un Rosso Alla Violenza – A red card to violence.

Players were also urged to contribute via social media with their wives and partners, showing the women wearing red lipstick and the same shade smeared on the cheeks of the star names.

The captains have a special edition armband this weekend also referencing the campaign.

There is a special hotline in Italy for women to report stalking or violence, the phone number is 1522.

Calls to that hotline rose by 79.5 per cent over the last calendar year.

Italy was shocked by an incident earlier this month in Sassuolo, where a man killed his ex-wife, their two children and his mother-in-law before killing himself.

He had been under a restraining order, but broke it to commit the massacre.

The only survivor was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, who was at school at the time.

Liveblog: Serie A Wk14 Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games, Sampdoria-Verona, Empoli-Fiorentina, Juventus-Atalanta and Venezia-Inter.

We begin today at 14.00 UK time with Samp-Verona and Empoli-Fiorentina.

Expect goals as two of Serie A’s best strikers, Giovanni Simeone and Dusan Vlahovic will feature in those matches.

Simeone has scored nine goals so far, Vlahovic has ten, the same as Ciro Immobile.

Verona are unbeaten in the last five matches but have never won away from home, while Sampdoria have only collected one victory at home this season.

Fiorentina are the only Italian team not to have ever picked up a draw this term and Empoli only have one stalemate. On paper, the Tuscan derby will go one way or another.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00 UK time. The Bianconeri have the worst attacking record among Serie A’s top 10 with only 18 goals scored. They sit four points behind Atalanta who sit fourth.

Simone Inzaghi is expected to rotate his Inter squad in Venice tonight.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time. Ivan Perisic and Matteo Darmian could rest with Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco starting out wide and Joaquin Correa replacing Lautaro Martinez up front.

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Probable Serie A line-ups: Juventus-Atalanta, Venezia-Inter and more

There are four games scheduled for today in Serie A, take a look at the possible line-ups for Saturday’s matches in Italy’s top flight.

We start at 14.00 UK time with the Tuscan derby between Empoli-Fiorentina at the Stadio Castellani and Sampdoria-Verona.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00, while Inter visit Venezia at the Stadio Penzo at 19.45.

Probable line-ups: 

Sampdoria v Verona (full preview)

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Ilic, Lazovic; Caprari, Barak; Simeone

Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Ekdal, Adrien Silva, Thorsby; Caputo, Quagliarella

Empoli v Fiorentina (full preview)

Empoli: Vicario; Stojanjovic, S Romagnoli, Luperto, Parisi; Zurkowski, S Ricci, Bandinelli; Henderson; Di Francesco, Pinamonti

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Odriozola, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi; Bonaventura, Torreira, Castrovilli; Sottil, Vlahovic, Saponara

Juventus v Atalanta (full preview)

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, Pellegrini; McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Chiesa; Morata, Dybala.

Atalanta: Musso; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Zappacosta, de Roon, Freuler, Maehle; Pessina; Zapata, Muriel.

Venezia v Inter

Venezia: Romero; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Ampadu, Vacca, Busio; Aramu, Henry, Okereke.

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni; Darmian, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Dzeko, Lautaro.

Serie A Preview | Sampdoria vs. Verona: Tudor looking for first away win

Sampdoria have only won one game at home this season, but Hellas are still without victories away from the Bentegodi.

Roberto D’Aversa sees Maya Yoshida and Manolo Gabbiadini recover from injuries, but only the Japan defender has a secured spot in the Blucerchiati’s starting XI, while either Gabbiadini or Francesco Caputo will start in attack with Fabio Quagliarella.

Adrien Silva returns after a two-match ban, while Mikkel Damsgaard is still out of action with an injury.

Verona are unbeaten in the last five games but have never won away from the Bentegodi.

Ivan Ilic returns from an injury and will start in the middle of the park with Miguel Veloso. Giovanni Simeone is chasing Serie A top scorers Ciro Immobile and Dusan Vlahovic who have scored only one goal (10) more than him.

Nikola Kalinic remains out of action with an ankle injury and his recovery time is still unknown.

Form Guide: Sampdoria (W L L L W) Hellas Verona (W D W D W)

Stat fact: Sampdoria won eight of the last 11 games against Hellas Verona, as many as in the previous 30 meetings.

Probable line-ups

Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Ekdal, Adrien Silva, Thorsby; Caputo, Quagliarella

Suspended: none

Injured: Depaoli, Damsgaard, Vieira, Torregrossa

On a yellow card: Colley, Askildsen, Ekdal

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Ilic, Lazovic; Caprari, Barak; Simeone

Suspended: none

Injured: Kalinic, Frabotta, Hongla

On a yellow card: none

Report: Genoa set to appoint Sabatini as new director

Genoa have reportedly reached an agreement with Walter Sabatini, who will become the new sporting director at Marassi.

The former technical director at Sampdoria and sports coordinator at Bologna has reportedly reached an agreement with the Grifone’s new owners 777 Partners.

Enrico Preziosi recently stepped down from his role as President of the Rossoblu and the club have been making big changes.

Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed the new coach at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and the next role to address was to find a transfer market man.

TMW reports Sabatini has reached an agreement with Genoa and will be announced by the club soon.

The 66-year-old has been without a job since he left Bologna in September 2021.

epa08922241 Bologna's general manager Walter Sabatini prior to the Italian Serie A soccer match Bologna FC vs Udinese Calcio at Renato Dall'Ara stadium, Bologna, Italy, 06 January 2021. EPA-EFE/ELISABETTA BARACCHI