The new Serie A season is almost here, and while Juventus’s transfer activities havre garnered all the headlines, the strengthening efforts of Italy’s other elite cannot be ignored. Here is a look at the transfer activity this summer of Juventus, Inter, Roma and AC Milan.
Juventus have arguably had the best summer of anyone in Italy, earning a 9/10 rating for their efforts.
Their moves to sign Dani Alves and Mehdi Benatia have almost gone under the radar in a hectic summer of sporting events – the European Championship and Olympic Games distracting us – but are fantastic acquisitions regardless.
Before that, they poached creative star Miralem Pjanic from Roma and drained a rival of one of their best players.
The pinnacle of their summer was signing Gonzalo Higuain for a club record fee, robbing Napoli of his 36 goals from last season and injecting it into their frontline after Alvaro Morata left.
For the Bianconeri, this summer is far from over as they are still in search of a midfielder and a backup striker.
Inter have done their business without much fanfare – but on paper their decisions are looking very good and earn a 7.5/10 rating.
The imminent arrival of Joao Mario at the San Siro has the potential to change their fortunes, as he becomes the first fruit harvested by the new Chinese consortium in charge.
Antonio Candreva has arrived and will offer energy on the right wing, whilst one of their biggest triumphs has been keeping hold of Mauro Icardi despite receiving huge bids for his services.
Ever Banega on a free transfer was an example of supreme market knowledge and transfer nous, and could prove to be the bargain of the summer.
Meanwhile, Roma’s activity has been muted in comparison, but they have scored big victories by keeping two key players.
They earn a 6.5/10 rating for their summer, opting for low financial risk moves such as the loans of Thomas Vermaelen and Federico Fazio – both experienced defenders.
Retaining control of Radja Nainggolan and Kostas Manolas are successes in their own right.
What’s left for the Giallorossi is to wrap up their signing of Bruno Peres and reflect on a studious pre-season break.
Milan’s quiet summer means they get no rating, as time will tell whether big changes are made after Silvio Berlusconi agreed to sell the side to the Chinese.
The arrivals of Gianluca Lapadula, Gustavo Gomes and Leonel Vangioni won’t close the gap on their rivals, and it’s unclear whether Rodrigo Bentancur will join from Boca Juniors.
As a result, it seems like only a miracle by Adriano Galliani will save the Rossoneri’s summer at this point.