Empoli have today announced the captures of Federico Dimarco and Giuseppe Bellusci both on loan with options to buy. The pair become the third and fourth new faces to arrive at the azzurri this summer joining Manuel Pascal and Matheus Perriera through the door at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
18-year-old Dimarco spent last season on loan with Ascoli from Inter Milan in Serie B and made 15 appearances having joined in January. In a short statement the club said:
“Empoli FC announces the signing of Inter player Federico Dimarco on a temporary basis.”
“The club has the right of redemption, as well as the Nerazzurri having an option against the eventual redemption of the player.”
In a similar statement Bellusci's arrival was announced in the afternoon. The 26-year-old arrives back in Italy two summers after leaving Catania.
Leeds United also confirmed the departure in a statement of their own wishing him "the very best of luck" with the move back to his homeland.
Bellusci appears to be the replacement for Lorenzo Tonelli, whose move to Napoli has long been confirmed. In his two year stay in Yorkshire he made over 50 appearances clearly showing he was in favour. It has been suggested in multiple reports that he is back on home soil due to family reasons.
No Saponara departure for now
Amongst all the news about incoming players, news remained about possible outgoing players, in particular Riccardo Saponara. Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi spoke with CalcioNews24 to say there has been "no contact with Inter" over the clubs sought after star man. Rumours initially sparked after his entourage were reportedly spotted at Inter headquarters but it would appear the sighting was a false alarm. While there has, as Corsi said been zero contact, it still looks ever likely that Saponara won't be running out in blue next term, atleast not the blue of Empoli anyway.