Andrea Pirlo’s new-look Sampdoria is gradually starting to take shape, as they welcome two players with strong ties to the 2006 World Cup winner. The Blucerchiati seek to start a new chapter following a shambolic relegation from Serie A last season, and Pirlo is strongly invested into bettering his new squad.
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Pirlo has onboarded two of his former players – Fabio Borini and Matteo Ricci – from former employers Fatih Karagümrük. Borini arrives as a free agent following the expiration of his contract in Istanbul, whereas Ricci is set for a new adventure in Serie B with Sampdoria after a one-season loan spell at the Turkish side.
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As per Sky Italia, both players underwent medical tests in Genoa on Monday, before joining up with the first-team. Pirlo strongly wanted the duo to be part of his plans ahead of next season.
Borini ended last season with 20 goals from 28 appearances, the highest goalscoring season in his career. The former Roma and Milan winger arrives on a Bosman transfer. Meanwhile, Ricci, who appeared 16 times for Fatih Karagümrük last season, is expected to pen a permanent deal, ending his contract with Frosinone once and for all.
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