Continuing from our previous feature on the Italian Serie A transfers for this season from our part I here, the next set of teams are as follows.
Arrivals :The Grifone have been quite active in the transfer market and following their near escape from relegation, will be hoping the new recruits will aid in improving the team. A total of 44 M Euros have been spent by the Ligurians, with Stefano Sturaro commanding the major outlay, coming at cost of 16.5 M Euros from Juventus, which was originally agreed upon before the end of last campaign.
Other important acquisitions, include Ionut Radu, who was with the team last season on loan from Inter(with it being extended), confirmation of striker Andrea Favilli. The pick up of two players at different ends of their careers have grabbed the attention, in the form of 20-year old striker Andrea Pinamonti and 32-year old center back Christian Zapata, who arrived from Inter and Milan respectively.
Departures :The most significant loss to the nine time Scudetto winners, is that of Argentine defender Cristian Romero, who was bought by Juventus for 26 M Euros after just one season at the Marassi. Experienced pair Miguel Veloso and Gianluca Lapadula have also moved on to pastures new at Verona and Lecce respectively.
Hellas Verona :
Arrivals :The Gialloblu make a return to the top flight of Italian football since 2016 and have somewhat surprisingly, spent more than they have brought in, a bid to solidify their Serie A status. They have spent around 6 M Euros, with the highest spent on Polish center back Pawel Dawidowicz at the cost of 3.5 M Euros. As mentioned earlier, they have also gotten experienced Portuguese player Miguel Veloso, while experienced Calcio campaigner Emmanuel Badu, has come in on loan from Udinese at 4000000 Euros.
Departures :The biggest income at the club came after two players that were loan had their transfers officially confirmed at the cost of just under 6 M Euros and both at the same club at that. Center midfielder Mattia Valoti and attacking midfielder Mohammed Fares both spent last campaign on loan at Spal and both played key roles as the Ferrara based club stayed up again, and will play a third consecutive season in Serie A.
Arrivals :The Nerazzurri have a new manager in the form of Antonio Conte and their ambitions are sky high going into the new campaign. As one would expect, they have made some significant acquisitions in the summer transfer window, as they try to catch up to Juventus. Starting at the back, they have brought in Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao from Cruziero and Uruguayan captain Diego Godin on a free from Atletico Madrid.
Further up field, two young & exciting Italian center midfielders Stefano Sensi & Nicolo Barella have come in from Sassuolo and Cagliari respectively, both initially on loan with obligation to buy. Both have made their Azzurri debuts recently and can only get better. The biggest outlay so far spent has been on Austrian right winger Valentino Lazaro, costing the three time European champions 22 M Euros.
Departures :Since arriving at the club Conte has along with CEO Guiseppe Marotta, have made it perfectly clear that striker Mauro Icardi and midfielder Radja Nainggolan were not part of the club’s plans. The former seems no closer to leaving the Guiseppe Meazza despite plenty of rumors, while the latter just a couple days ago has began training with former team Cagliari, as he looks to a return to Sardinia.The most significant sale in terms of money coming in however, was that of defender Zinho Vanheusen who joined Standard Liege for a fee of 12.5 M Euros.
Arrivals :Given their failure for yet another season to break their duck in Europe, the Bianconerri have made more significant changes. New manager Maurizio Sarri has been brought in to change the playing style and his influence has already been felt in the mercato. The massive pay-out to Ajax for 19-year old defender Matthijs de Ligt at 85 M Euros sent shocked waves around the footballing world.
The majority of the club’s transfer kitty have so far been spent in the back-line, as in addition to the Dutchman, they have also purchased Cristian Romero, Luca Pellegrini & Merih Demiral for a further 66 M Euros. In the middle however, the eight time defending champions have added two box to box midfielders on free transfer, in the form of Aaron Ramsey & Adrien Rabiot from Arsenal and PSG respectively.
Shockingly though, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a return to Turin after just a season at PSG and it will be interesting to see what role he plays under Sarri.
Departures :Juventus’s departures have mostly been young Italian players all around the field to fellow Serie A clubs. Emil Audero, Leonardo Spinazzola, Stefano Sturaro, Riccardo Orsolini, Alberto Cerci, Andrea Favilli & Luca Marrone have all been sold at the combined figure of 98 M Euros. However, there could still be significant movement out of the club, as many players are linked with moves away as La Vecchia Signora look to recoup significant money in the market and get players who are not part of the manager’s plans off their books, particularly, as far as wages is concerned.