Atalanta trio move on
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Serie A's bottom club Atalanta have trimmed their squad by offloading three players.Serie A's bottom club Atalanta have trimmed their squad by offloading three players.
Atalanta have allowed striker Luca Saudati to join Empoli on loan while Carmine Gautieri and Ignazio Pia have linked up with Napoli.
Saudati has signed for Empoli until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal in the summer.
He has been followed out of Bergamo by Gautieri and Pia who have both signed on with Serie C side Napoli.
Pia has joined Napoli in a co-ownership agreement and the Brazilian forward is aiming to help restore the club to their former glory.
"They are a big team with a big plan, thinking of a big future," said Pia.
"I had many offers from Serie B sides but I haven't had any doubts in signing for Napoli."
Gautieri has cancelled his contract with Atalanta to ink an 18-month deal with Napoli, much to the ageing attacker's delight.
"I've signed a contract until 2006," said Gautieri. "I'm joining Napoli with the aim of helping them to play in a league that matters."