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Is Serie A’s €1.4bn transfer deficit a balance worth celebrating?

September 12 – Italy’s Serie A has accumulated a transfer deficit of €1.4 billion – they were the second-highest spenders behind the Premier League in the last window.

While the Premier League spend as much as the other Big 5 leagues combined, this year the top clubs in Italy have adopted a different strategy.

The most expensive signing in Italy this year, Bremer, set Juventus back £36.9 million. In contrast, the Premier League’s top signing was Antony at £85.5 million, La Liga saw £72 million spent on Aurelien Tchouameni, the Bundesliga witnessed the £60.3 million signing of Dutchman Matthijs De Ligt and Ligue 1 welcomed Vitinha for £37.35 million in a quiet window for serial big spenders PSG.

The majority of notable signings in Serie A have come as free transfers or loans in what has been one of the lowest-spending windows in recent history for the Italian game.

Without the same punching-power as the Premier League, Juventus, Inter, Milan, Roma and co have had to play it smart. We’ve compiled the best signings from each of Italy’s top clubs this window – from both a financial and playing perspective;

Romelu Lukaku (INTER)

It was this time last year that Lukaku abandoned the Nerazurri for the financial fruits of the Premier League, returning to Chelsea in a record-breaking move for the Belgian striker. Lukaku failed to blossom at Stamford Bridge, certainly not fulfilling his £100 million expectations, scoring 15 goals across 44 games for the blues last season.

He departs West London for the familiar blue half of Milan, where he has proven his quality, notching the most goals in a single season for Inter since Ronaldo Nazario over 20 years ago.

Inter Milan have seen some real quality in front of goal since the turn of the century, housing Adriano, Milito, Ibrahimovic, Eto’o to name but a few, but Lukaku’s lethality dwarfs them all. Since signing for the Nerazurri in 2019, he has contributed to 82 goals in 98 games. If the Belgian…


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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2022-09-12 04:40:25

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