Serie A saw the second biggest expenditure across all of Europe’s top five leagues in this summer’s transfer window, with reliable website Transfermarkt revealing that the Italian top flight teams spent £1.024 billion, just behind the Premier League’s figure of £1.276 billion.
What follows is a look at the transfers that could play the biggest part in Serie A during the 2018/19 campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.87) – Real Madrid to Juventus £105.3m
Undoubtedly the most talked about transfer in European football this summer, Juventus made a huge stride towards their aim of winning the Champions League with the purchase of the player who had stopped them from doing so in two from the last three seasons. After three matches, CR7 is still to break his goalscoring duck, however it surely won’t be long before he is firing in for fun both in Italy and in Europe.
Leonardo Bonucci (£1.40) – AC Milan to Juventus £31.5m
Juventus supporters were shocked to the core when their long-serving centre-back Leonardo Bonucci announced he was to make the move to neighbouring Milan in summer 2017, yet no-one could have predicted that the Italian international would be back just a year later with his tail between his legs. Early performances for the Bianconeri have been far from his best, but the 31-year-old will surely settle back into the groove alongside Giorgio Chiellini soon.
Radja Nainggolan (£1.57) – AS Roma to Inter £34.2m
Roma had resisted any advances for Radja Nainggolan from Inter, the San Siro outfit having been persistent in their interest in the combative midfielder for some time. That was until this summer, when sporting director Monchi was in full swing, putting into practice his policy of selling for high prices and discovering new talent at a low fee. The Belgian has had limited playing time so far this term but will certainly play a huge role for his new side.
Francesco Acerbi (£1.39) – Sassuolo to Lazio £9m
Twice beating testicular cancer whilst at Sassuolo, Francesco Acerbi is an inspirational figure both on and off the pitch. The centre-back was signed by the capital club to replace the departed Stefan De Vrij, and has impressed as expected, hardly putting a foot wrong in his personal performances despite two defeats and a win so far for the Biancocelesti.
Gonzalo Higuain (£2.35) – Juventus to AC Milan – loan fee £16.2m (+ option to buy)
Only usurped from his position as the Juventus main striker by the arrival of CR7, Gonzalo Higuain moved to Milan this summer as part of the deal that saw Bonucci return to his former club. This seemingly solved the problem faced by Gennaro Gattuso last season in that he had no viable option at centre-forward, however the Coach must now work out how to bring the number nine more involved in the play.
Bryan Cristante (£1.48) – Atalanta to AS Roma – loan fee £4.5m (+ option to buy)
Bryan Cristante was a part of Atalanta’s highly successful Europa League and domestic campaign last term, and therefore it was no wonder that the promising young Italian was snapped up by Monchi in order to sign for Roma this summer. A former AC Milan youth product, the 23-year-old already has experience with Benfica, and provides a option of genuine quality for the Giallorossi midfield in the current campaign.
Gregoire Defrel (£0.73) – AS Roma to Sampdoria – loan fee £1.35m (+ option to buy)
After following former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco to Roma last season, winger Gregoire Defrel found first team options were more limited than expected. After things didn’t work out, Sampdoria were the grateful recipients of a loan with an option to buy for the 27-year-old, a move that has already paid dividends. The Frenchman scored a brace versus Napoli last weekend that included a spectacular opener, proving exactly what he can do given a regular place in the starting XI.
Alban Lafont (£0.74) – Toulouse to Fiorentina £7.65m
Dubbed “The French [Gianluigi] Donnarumma” by many media outlets, Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has placed his faith in 19-year-old goalkeeper Alban Lafont for the number one spot this season. So much so, that the Tuscan club failed to take up an option to buy on Marco Sportiello who had enjoyed an excellent campaign between the sticks the season before, and was available to purchase from Atalanta for a lower fee than Lafont. This stopper is therefore one to watch for the future, both for the Viola and at an international level having been capped at all levels up to Under-20.
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