Well, you can’t win them all. Fresh off the announcement of Giacomo Ventura’s arrival and the largely-substantiated rumor that Borja Valero is coming home, Fiorentina went ahead and loaned Riccardo Sottil to Cagliari for the year, much as we’ve been expecting and fearing for the past month. The deal includes an option for the Isolani to buy him outright at season’s end.

We’ll start with the positives. Or rather, the positive. Because there’s only one here, and it’s that Ricky’s going to get all the playing time he needs in Sardinia. New boss Eusebio di Francesco is moving away from the 4-3-1-2 formation that’s defined the Rossoblù for years in favor of his beloved 4-3-3; while João Pedro is a lock for the left wing, there wasn’t anyone capable of stepping on the other side. Sottil should quickly make the job his, as his only real competition right now is Diego Farías (who the club loaned out to Lecce last year), Kiril Despedov (spent last season in Austria with Sturm Graz), and maybe Daniele Ragatzu. Ricky’s in a good spot.