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OFFICIAL: Viola sign Castrovilli

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Hopefully, the “new Cassano” doesn’t live up to everything that the name implies.

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Never let it be said that Pantaleo Corvino doesn’t have a type. This time, he’s snapped up 19-year-old fantasista Gaetano Castrovilli from Bari. Nobody’s yet posted an official dollar amount for the deal, but it’s probably in the sub €1 million range, which seems like a reasonable gamble on a kid who’s already been blessed/cursed with the “new Cassano” moniker.

Castrovilli is a rail-thin attacking midfielder who made the step up from the Bari Primavera at the start of the season. He’s made 1 start and 11 substitute appearances this season. He can play on either wing, just off the striker, or in a deeper midfield role, but he looks more like a number 10 than anything else. He’s nippy, adept dribbling little player whose greatest attribute is his eye for the killer pass, hence the nickname.

He needs to get stronger before he’s ready for Serie A, but should settle in under the guidance of Fiorentina Primavera boss Federico Guidi. A bit of guidance from Federico Bernardeschi on a good barber would go a long way as well. But for now, Gaetano Castrovilli is a name to tuck away for a few years, although the Football Manager crowd may get some enjoyment from him a bit sooner.