The Premier League has been done, as has Ligue 1, Bundesliga and La Liga. Next, we go to Italy, where, like Germany, the notable changes have come in the managerial department. Antonio Conte has left Serie A and Max Allegri is back in the league! But, here are the new players to keep an eye on.
Hakan Calhanoglu to Inter
Where better to start than with the reigning champions and my, oh my has it been a torrid summer for Inter Milan. Everything clicked last season under Antonio Conte but along with the manager, some big players have been shown the door too. Wage and budget demands saw Conte decide to depart the San Siro and then big money moves for Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku. Hakimi has signed for PSG whilst the Belgian goalscorer has returned to Stamford Bridge, the home of the UCL holders. There haven’t been any huge arrivals to atone for players moving on but Hakan Calhanoglu on a free from their city rivals is worth a mention. The Turkish international has a moment of quality in him but a lack of consistency has seen him fall short more often than not.
Fikayo Tomori and Mike Maignan to Milan
Moving onto the aforementioned red half of Milan and it has been a much better window for the Rossoneri. There have been a number of players loaned out and of course Gigi Donnarumma has joined PSG on a free transfer, but his replacement isn’t half bad. Mike Maignan was excellent in goal for Ligue 1 winning Lille and arrives for just over £10 million. Spanish winger Brahim Diaz has been loaned in again from Real Madrid whilst Olivier Giroud swaps London for Milan. The final two names have both been signed permanently after spending loan spells under Pioli last term. The first is Sandro Tonali who is a future star and then the second, Fikayo Tomori. There was never a route through for Tomori at Chelsea but he quickly displaced captain Romagnoli at the heart of defence and has continued to be imperious since then, an absolute snip at £26 million!
Merih Demiral to Atalanta
Atalanta are the kings of the transfer window and they have struck gold again. As good as Cristian Romero has proved to be under Gasperini, to make his stay at the club via Juve permanent for £15 million just to sell him on to Spurs for more than three times as much is something you can’t pass up. The relationship with fellow title contenders Juventus continues as they have loaned in Merih Demiral to fill the Romero-shaped void. The Turkish centre-half has played a limited amount of time for the Bianconeri and is so young, thus there is no doubt that Atalanta can get a lot out of him in Serie A.
Felipe Anderson and Elseid Hysaj to Lazio
Lazio have seen manager Simone Inzaghi take over at Inter with Maurizio Sarri stepping into replace him. Given how much West Ham spent on him, to see Felipe Anderson being purchased by the Serie A side for under £3 million is indictment of some of the Londoner’s business. The Brazilian was unable to establish himself in the Lazio side but they have made his stay permanent anyway and he needs to bring more goals to his game. Along with Anderson comes Elseid Hysaj on a free from Napoli. He is a fullback who knows the league and even though he’s never set the world alight, it’s a welcome addition at the same time.
Rui Patricio to Roma
On to their city rivals now and the main arrival in the Eternal City is of course Jose Mourinho. The legendary manager, a.k.a. the Special One has his Inter Milan accolades as a reference for his Serie A success. The squad he has inherited is ageing to say the least and their signings haven’t necessarily addressed that, although Roger Ibanez and Bryan Reynolds have been bought after their respective loans. Jose’s fellow countryman Rui Patricio was in goal for the Euro 2016 win but are his best years behind him?
Gianluca Frabotta to Hellas Verona
Like with Demiral, Gianluca Frabotta joins their new Serie A side on loan from Juventus. He is a young fullback who showed clear potential when he got on the field at the Allianz and so gets a further chance with Hellas Verona. The club finished tenth in the table last season which came as quite a surprise to many so they are working in the right direction. The majority of that successful squad has remained in place and so Frabotta can only add to that.
Marco Arnautovic to Bologna
The next name on the list is at the other end of his career to Frabotta. Marko Arnautovic is a household name for various reasons and the Austrian is back in Serie A. Arnautovic was actually part of the Inter squad under Jose Mourinho that lifted the Scudetto and the Champions League although he didn’t exactly play that much. Since then he has scored goals and caused controversy for the likes of Stoke and West Ham and now joins Bologna from Shanghai Port. He cost them over £20 million and now moves on just a couples years latter for roughly 10% of the cost. Arnautovic causes issues on and off of the pitch so there will be entertainment left, right and centre regardless.
Nicolas Gonzalez to Fiorentina
Argentinian Nicolas Gonzalez was a target of a lot of teams from Italy to England. Brighton expressed big interest but it was Fiorentina who won the race for him. He played in an exciting Stuttgart team along with Silas Wamangituka and now could hopefully bring an even more mouth-watering duo to Serie A. At the time of writing, Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic remains at the club and so the possible link-up could help Fiorentina mount a European football charge against some of the waning giants. Centre-half Nikola Menkovic is also attracting many suitors but if these stars can be held on to, Fiorentina could be a team to watch this season coming.
Razvan Marin to Cagliari
The penultimate name on this list joining Serie A is a relative unknown. I can’t claim to know all that much about him but you have to be pretty talented to play for Ajax. Razvan Marin was signed by the Dutch side before being loaned out to Cagliari and he contributed to nine goals last campaign. the Romanian is still young at 25 and he can hopefully build on these figures.
Tanner Tessmann and Gianluca Busio to Venezia
The final two names on the list are an American duo arriving at newly promoted Venezia. Tanner Tessmann was the first to make the move and he joins from FC Dallas, a club known for their academy in recent years. Paxton Pomykal and Ricardo Pepi are amongst those next to go whilst Bryan Reynolds is at Roma and Reggie Cannon will soon be taking the step up from Boavista. Tessmann along with Gianluca Busio arrive for a combined £9 million and the latter is the star really. Busio has ran things in the middle of the park for Sporting Kansas City even as a teenager and although he has sometimes struggled for the USMNT, including recently in the Gold Cup, he is getting the opportunities nonetheless.