Sampdoria Formalize Two Late Transfer Market Moves

The transfer market went into overtime for Sampdoria, which finalized two deals well after deadline day. They have officially parted ways with their defensive cornerstone Omar Colley, who has joined Besiktas. Shortly afterward, they bolstered their frontline with Jesé Rodriguez, who was a free agent.

Per Sky, the Spaniard signed a five-month contract with an option for another season. He previously collected 16 appearances and scored 5 times with Ankaragucu before agreeing to part ways. He starred for Real Madrid, PSG, Stoke City, Sporting CP, and Las Palmas during the course of his career. The forward registered 11 goals and 6 assists in 39 La Liga 2 appearances in 2021/2022.

Colley has been the leader of the Sampdoria rearguard in recent seasons, but the team needed money due to a financial crunch stemming from an uncertain ownership situation. They cashed in €2.8M from Besiktas. The sum could help them avoid a point deduction for unpaid wages, Il Secolo XIX reports (via Calciomercato).

The Blucerchiati expected such departure and added two veteran defenders in January, Koray Gunter and Bram Nuytinck. Bruno Amione, Jeison Murillo, Nicola Murru, and Alessandro Zanoli are the other options for their back three.

Jesé will attempt to provide a jolt to what’s currently the worst attack in Europe. Despite finding the target twice versus Monza, they still rank dead last for goals in the top ten leagues in the Old Continent, Sportitalia reports. They sold Francesco Caputo to Empoli in the winter sessions and replaced him with Sam Lammers on loan from Atalanta. Manolo Gabbiadini, Fabio Quagliarella, and Daniele Montevago round out the Sampdoria attack.

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