Sampdoria have officially taken Francesco Caputo from Sassuolo, on loan with obligation to buy for €3.5m, in a deal that was rushed through by the transfer deadline.
This was not even on the horizon until this morning, as Samp thought they had the agreement with Napoli for Andrea Petagna.
However, Napoli suddenly pulled out and decided to keep hold of both Petagna and Adam Ounas.
The Blucerchiati instead dived in for a completely different target, asking Sassuolo for Caputo.
Incredibly, the deal was done and finalised within a few hours, the contracts emailed just before the transfer deadline.
The 34-year-old found the net 11 times with eight assists in 25 Serie A appearances last season.
He did even better in 2019-20, scoring 21 goals and seven assists in 36 matches.
Samp hinted at the move on social media with emojis referencing his ‘drinking’ celebration.
Sassuolo were prepared to let Caputo go, because they are keeping Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori, so want them to receive more regular playing time.
Meanwhile, Sassuolo have also officially signed midfielder Abderrahman Harroui on loan with obligation to buy from Sparta Rotterdam.
There were several last-minute deals that squeezed through under the deadline, such as Eddie Salcedo on loan from Inter to Genoa.
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