Serie A Transfer Deadline Day 2012: The Final Buys And Sales Of Summer

All of the transfer action from Serie A as the window gets ready to close

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Serie A Transfers, 2012: Who's In, Who's Out

What happened over the last few days of the transfer window in Serie A? Catch all the action in one place.


Matija Nastasic Joins Manchester City, Stefan Savic Goes To Fiorentina In Return

Another deal has been completed as Deadline Day gasps its final breaths. Matija Nastasić to Manchester City has been confirmed, surprising absolutely no one. The Serbian defender, just 19 years old, spent last season with Serie A side Fiorentina, where he notched 21 starts and 4 appearances from the bench. Surprisingly, the majority of these did not come under fellow Serb Siniša Mihajlović, the former coach at the Viola. In other words, Nastasic is actually good, and it's no surprise that Manchester City have spotted that.

Going the other way is Stefan Savic, a fellow defender who disappointed last season while in Manchester. It's no surprise that even what appears to be an out-of-shape Kolo Toure managed to beat Savić to the starting role. But the Viola got a pretty chunk of change out of this exchange, and considering Vincenzo Montella tends to operate on a "We'll just score one more than the other side" sort of philosophy, having a weaker centre-back probably won't do much harm to his side.


Alberto Gilardino Joins Bologna From Genoa

It's been speculated about for days now, but Bologna have finally confirmed: Alberto Gilardino has completed his transfer from Genoa. But you're forgiven if you didn't even realise he was with Genoa -- the Italian international penned a four year contract with the rossoblu and managed just five appearances. The forward is better known for his 3+ years with Fiorentina, where he scored 48 goals, including 19 in the 2008-2009 season.

Obviously his new rossoblu side are hoping that they can recreate the 30-year-old's halcyon days. Unable to score last weekend against Chievo Verona, Bologna are perhaps a wee bit desperate, looking anywhere for some goals.

Fans of Ciro Immobile are likely applauding such a move. With Gilardino -- who sat out a one-match ban last week against Cagliari -- out of the picture, the young Italian will have more opportunities to develop. Losing Gilardino will likely not be a cause for many tears 'round Genoa.


Luca Toni Rejoins Fiorentina

Luca Toni has returned to Fiorentina after the Serie A club signed the striker at the last-minute from Al Nasr.


Nicklas Bendtner Joins Juventus

Nicklas Bendtner has joined defending Serie A champions Juventus on a loan with an aim to make it permanent as the Denmark international continues to search for a steady home. The former Arsenal striker spent last season on loan with Sunderland and Juventus will make it three clubs in three years for the supremely confident player.

Juventus has spent much of the summer searching for a striker. Initially, they set their sights on Robin van Persie, but he ended up at Manchester United. Once that dream died, they tried to make a move for the Red Devils' Dimitar Berbatov, but that didn't happen either so Bendtner will have to do.

Arsenal have long given up on Bendtner and didn't even seriously consider bringing him back after selling van Persie. The 24-year-old has spent much of the summer trying to find a new home and while it took until the final day of the transfer window, he's found one in Turin.

Bendtner spent last season on loan with Sunderland, where he scored eight goals. So to confirm, the defending Sere A champions and one of the biggest clubs in the world signed a Sunderland reject. Cool.


Giulio Migliaccio Wiggles Away From Palermo, Joins Fiorentina

Giulio Migliaccio has traded in his bright pink Palermo kit for the soothing tones of the Viola -- for a season, at least. The midfielder, who spent five seasons with the rosanero, made no secret of wanting away from the club, which has been in a downward spiral over the past couple years. Migliaccio had been linked with Sampdoria, but it seems he prefers the fortunes of Fiorentina, who, after just one match, are tipped to go far under Vincenzo Montella.

The Italian midfielder was a regular at Palermo last season, playing 31 matches, 30 of them as a starter. He even stepped up in Palermo's first match this season, coming in on 30 minutes when Franco Brienza went down with injury. But the 3-0 loss to Napoli must have further cemented Migliaccio's thoughts about leaving Sicily.

Now, it will be interesting to see if he lands a starting role in Montella's Fiorentina.


Giandomenico Mesto Signs For Napoli From Genoa

Napoli have quite likely sealed a transfer deadline day deal, bringing in Giandomenico Mesto from Genoa to provide cover for Christian Maggio at right back. It's unlikely that the 30-year-old will ever replace the strength and speed of Maggio, but alas, sometimes he manages to get himself hurt. Last season, the partenopei were forced to use Camilo Zuniga as backup, but having just one wing-back for both sides was putting a bit too much pressure on the side. So while this move won't set the world alight, it's a good bit of business for Napoli.

With Mesto out, the rossoblu are set to bring in Damiano Ferronetti, a left-back / defensive midfielder most recently with Udinese. Ferronetti briefly signed with Torino this summer, but managed just two weeks there before a falling out with Giampiero Ventura forced him to seek other pastures.

And no, I'm not really sure how replacing a right-back with a left-back works, but you know...Genoa must know what's going on.


Marco Borriello Might Be On His Way Back To Genoa

Go on, say the sentence "Marco Borriello might be on his way back to Genoa," to a Juventus fan. Or even an AS Roma supporter. I bet you'll feel a gust of air as they exhale with relief. For some unknown reason, Borriello joined Juve on a six-month loan last season. Well, the reason was known to him -- he wanted the playing time he wasn't getting at Roma so he could be considered for Euro 2012. The true unknown is why Antonio Conte actually gave him opportunities to be on the pitch. Let's just say that his performances did not inspire Cesare Prandelli to bring Borriello along to Poland / Ukraine.

But Genoa was where Borriello played his best football, scoring 19 goals back in 2007-2008. He hasn't come anywhere near that level since them, but clearly the rossoblu are hoping he'll re-find his form at the Marassi. However, the move is contingent upon Alberto Gilardino heading to Bologna, so I guess we'll just wait and see.


Done: Maicon To Manchester City From Inter Milan

The transfer of Maicon from Inter Milan to Manchester City has been in the works for a few days now, but the Italian club have now confirmed that it is official. The Brazilian right-back, who's been at Inter since 2006, will back his bags and move north to Manchester.

This is a bit of an unusual move for Manchester City, but then again, most defensive signings aren't really very sexy. Maicon is a fairly well-known name, having been an integral part of the nerazzurri lineup for the past six seasons. Most importantly, he has Champions League experience.

On the other hand, Maicon, like many on Inter, is aging. Now 31, the Brazilian just hasn't looked quite right over the past year -- sad for a player who once was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. But it may just be all the recent changes at Inter, the managerial shifts, the decline in power to the point where they need to qualify not for Champions League play but for Europa.

It's almost certain that Maicon still has a bit of his old spark left in him. Now Roberto Mancini just needs to find how to coax that out.


Alessandro Del Piero Signs With Sydney FC

Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero will join A-League club Sydney FC.


Nicklas Bendtner Set For Medical With Juventus On Friday

After Wednesday's botch job, which featured Juventus tempting Dimitar Berbatov away from Fiorentina only to see him snatched away by Fulham, Juventus are reluctant to claim that a deal has been done with Nicklas Bendtner. But the striker is in Turin for talks with the club, and is set to undergo a medical on Friday.

Beppe Marotta and company must be crossing their fingers and toes that this time, the deal goes through. The Old Lady have been seeking a star-quality striker since the beginning of summer, only to see Robin Van Persie head off to Manchester United, while fans have had to accept that Napoli will not be selling Edinson Cavani this go-round. As for Bendtner, the Dane may have his flaws, but so do the likes of Alessandro Matri, Mirko Vučinić and Sebastian Giovinco.

With Juventus part of a Champions League group that includes Chelsea as well as FC Nordsjaellandin and Shakhtar Donetsk, they're eager to get their hands on one last reinforcement. It looks like maybe, just maybe, this one will go through.


Gaston Ramirez On His Way From Bologna To Southampton

It seems Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez has finally gotten his wish: to be free of Bologna and on to a club in England. The winger has been demanding a move away from the rossoblu for months, and Southampton has been in the mix for the past few weeks. Now, reports out of Italy suggest that the deal is all but complete, with only the signatures being needed on the contracts.

Former decent players from Italian clubs have had a tough time adjusting to the Premier League, however -- see Alberto Aquilani for a recent example. And with nearly everyone on the Saints' current roster being from England, let's hope Ramirez's English is up to snuff. Otherwise, he might be soon regretting this move of which he's been dreaming about for so long.

As for Bologna, they're already moving on. They've just signed Michele Pazienza, who's spent the last two seasons with Napoli, Juventus and Udinese.

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