Torino have confirmed the capture of two players to strengthen the side, having reached deals to land Daniele Baselli and Davide Zappacosta from Atalanta. The duo of U21 internationals are expected to solidify the defensive end of the pitch following Matteo Darmian's departure to Manchester United.
The deal is reported to be worth around €13 million and it has been confirmed by several sources, including the respective clubs and Sky Sports Italia.
Torino's president Urbano Cairo said he's happy with the deals because they transform Torino into "a complete team" and that the two arrivals give the manager Giampiero Ventura lots of options to build a solid squad heading into the 2015-16 season.
Ventura happy with his new signings
“Our objective was reached because we gave our Coach a team that is already complete as he heads for the training ground in Bormio,” he said. “The longer he's with them in the training ground, which is the crucial time for work to be set up, the better."
Torino's chairman also mentioned that it was fairly easy to reach an agreement for the Atalanta duo since the relationship with the Bergamo side has always been very good:
“Baselli and Zappacosta? [President Antonio] Percassi is a man of his word and we reached an agreement quickly. We're pleased to have them with us, they are two U21 internationals and I hope that the Toro ca nbe a consecration for them." Cairo told reporters.
Two highly sought-after young talents
Zappacosta was a rumored target for English clubs like Watford and Liverpool, while Baselli was close to joining Fiorentina but opted to sign with the Turin side instead. Both players were important figures for Atalanta last season, with Zappacosta making 29 Serie A appearances and Baselli making 22. Midfielder Baselli currently has 10 caps for the Italy Under-21’s whilst Zappacosta has 17.
Torino are also reportedly working to sign a striker but so far they haven't annouced anything, with Cairo simply saying the management "is working on it".