Cigarini swaps Atalanta for Sampdoria

Two signings in as many days for the Genoese club

Cigarini swaps Atalanta for Sampdoria
Cigarini holds the jersey of his new club | Photo: tuttosport.com

Sampdoria announced the signing of Luca Cigarini from fellow Serie A side Atalanta earlier today becoming the clubs fourth addition of the mercato.

The 30-year-old has spent the majority of his career with Atalanta having kitted up over 150 times for the Bergamese side since joining for a second spell from Napoli in 2011.

Cigarini who is primarily an attacking midfielder left Atalanta's pre-season training camp yesterday which raised suspicions of a new adventure being on the horizon and La Samp confirmed those suspicions with an announcement confirming the deal believed to be in the region of €3 million:

"UC Sampdoria announces that it has acquired the player Luca Cigarini [born in Montecchio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, June 20, 1986] outright from Atalanta."

Giampaolo completes deal number five

New manager Marco Giampaolo had already added defender Leandro Castan (on loan from Roma) and forwards Patrick Schick and Ante Budimir - who arrive from Sparta Prague and promoted Crotone respectively- to the mix before Cigarini joined Daniel Pavlovic, who ran out for Frosinone last season as the club' second transfer in as many days.

Pavlovic was unveiled officially on Tuesday | Photo: sampdoria.it
Pavlovic was unveiled officially on Tuesday | Photo: sampdoria.it

Cigarini's arrival takes La Samp's spending to just shy of the ten million mark and an assault to secure Dodo on a permanent basis is widely reported as still being on. 

Where will Cigarini fit in?

Cigarini is almost certainly going to have a starting berth under Giampaolo but where exactly will remain unknown until he gets his first games under his belt in pre-season where the former Empoli boss may experiment what's best. The earlier transfer window sales of Fernando and Nenad Krsticic could see Cigarini be optimised a little further back in a more central midfield role but there is an equal chance that he will be planted behind the striker or strikers and given creative freedom.