Busy Italian transfer deadline day

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August 18, 2018
File Diego Laxalt (front) while competing for Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, challenges France's Olivier Giroud for the ball during their quarter-final match in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Friday, July 6, 2018.

MILAN (AP):

AC Milan signed midfielder Diego Laxalt from Genoa on the last day of the Italian transfer window yesterday, while forward Gervinho returned to Europe, with Parma and Juventus released veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Laxalt won plaudits for his play on the left side of midfield as he helped Uruguay to reach the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals and scored four goals in 34 games for Genoa last season in all competitions.

Spanish winger Samu Castillejo is also headed to Milan. Castillejo arrives from Villarreal, where he scored six goals in the Spanish league last season.

Two Milan players moved in the opposite direction. Colombia forward Carlos Bacca went to Villarreal and Italian forward Gianluca Lapadula to Genoa. Both Bacca and Lapadula spent last season at those clubs on loan.

Following a takeover last month by American hedge fund Elliott Management, Milan previously signed forward Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus and also brought in midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea.

The former Roma and Arsenal forward Gervinho ended a two-year spell playing in China by signing for Parma yesterday. Parma said the 31-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a three-year contract.

Marchisio left Juventus, the club he joined 25 years ago as a seven-year-old, after what Juventus called "the agreed termination of his contract." The club gave no further details. A popular player with the fans, Marchisio won seven Serie A titles with Juve.

The industrious Marchisio played nearly 400 games for the club, scoring 37 goals, but has been less prominent since a cruciate ligament injury in 2016. He played 15 times in Serie A last season.

Newly promoted Frosinone was also busy yesterday, signing forward Joel Campbell from Arsenal. The Costa Rican had been an Arsenal player since 2011 but spent most of his time on various loan deals, including with Real Betis last season, and hadn't played a competitive game for Arsenal since the 2015-16 season.

Atalanta added to its midfield options by signing Argentine player Emiliano Rigoni from Zenit St Petersburg on loan. The Russian team said the loan deal includes an option to buy Rigoni for an unspecified fee.

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