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Who Had The Best Mercato This Summer?

It was a record breaking summer transfer window in Serie A, as Italian clubs spent €821 million. A good chunk of that was spent by AC Milan, whose new Chinese owners are desperate to return the Italian giant to glory. Milan spent 214m in total and champions Juventus were the second-biggest spenders with 123m.

But who spent their money the wisest? Out of Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, Napoli, who had the best Mercato this summer?

MILAN 10/10 – Great transfer campaign in terms of investments and new players signed. The arrival of Bonucci is stunning, the rossoneri have followed the same logic throughout the whole summer. It looks like the good old days of the Berlusconi era are back.

NAPOLI 7/10 – Sometimes people underestimate how important it is to keep the same players in a squad. They could have signed a new keeper at the beginning of the summer but De Laurentiis was right not to sell Reina in the last days of the transfer window. It would have been a tricky call.

LAZIO 7/10 – Nani replaced Keita and Lucas Leiva replaced Biglia. Lazio are probably not as strong as last season and their team is not as deep to play both in Serie A and Europa League. Lotito, however, made the usual great sales and replaced those players with others already proved at an international level.

JUVENTUS 6.5/10 – Many great players arrived in Turin: Douglas Costa, Bernardeschi, Matuidi, Szczesny, De Sciglio and Howedes. The sale of Bonucci, however, it’s a tricky choice and they failed to sign Schick and Keita, not to mention Spinazzola. We usually see a different Juve. Probably as strong as this one but definitely less confused.

ROMA 5.5/10 – The giallorossi have sold Salah and Rudiger, they were vital under Spalletti. Pellegrini and Gonalons are smart signings and Schick is another huge player but it is hard to predict how he will adapt in Di Francesco’s 4-3-3. Their defence is a nightmare without Rudiger. Moreno, Fazio, Juan Jesus and Manolas. Not enough.

INTER 5/10 – Smart transfer window by Ausilio and Sabatini but Suning should have given them more budget to spend. AC Milan spend more than € 200 million and we would have never imagine that new Chinese Inter owners would have forces their directors to save every penny.

FIORENTINA 3/10 – One of the biggest exodus ever seen. La viola sold Bernardeschi, Kalinic, Borja Valero, Vecino and Gonzalo Rodriguez, their captain. New signings are gambles. Let’s see if this path towards the weakening will ever end.

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