With a delay to the start of the Serie A, fans and pundits have had nothing but transfers to focus on. Although clubs can not buy anymore, other league's markets are still open. So players can in theory still go.
It has been an interesting summer so far with regards to the transfer market in Serie A. Although many marquee names have left, many new exciting prospects have replaced them. For people that have not been following theCalcio Mercato, here is a short list of the exciting new additions and painful farewells:
One of the few players that excited at recently relegated River Plate; Erik Lamela was bought by A.S Roma for twelve million euro. Fresh off a Under-20 World Cup with Argentina, he impressed, but unfortunately they went out at the quarter finals. Roma have brought in a total of nineteen players throughout the whole summer and Luis Enrique will need time to get his system working, but watch out for one of Serie A's most promising player in Lamela.
Leaving Palermo for the French League and Paris Saint-Germain for over 43 million euro; Pastore was one of Serie A's brightest talents. The Italian press focused on the fact that instead of going to a ‘better' league such as the Premier League or La Liga he went to France. It was seen my some fans as a bad move for the player. When in reality he could, and probably will, be the best player in the division, then in a year or two move on to a ‘bigger club', with more experience under his belt.
A signing that surprised many in Argentina, Inter bought Ricky Alvarez for over eleven million euro. Alvarez is the kind of player that takes time to get into games, and the big surprise is that he might just start on the left wing. Instead of the assumed role of being an impact substitution. Ricky is also seen as a bit of a slow winger, while reeling on his skill rather then his pace.
Another one of Serie A's best player; Samuel Eto'o controversially decided to move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. At first it was seen as a bit of a joke, but money talks, and Eto'o couldn't turn it down.The move will see Inter make a reported ninety-nine million over five seasons. The Cameroonian striker will become the best paid player in the world, earning twenty million a season. Making almost double the second best paid, Cristiano Ronaldo at twelve million.
With one hundred and ninety one appearances for Ajax and forty for the Dutch National team: Maarten Stekelenburg has the much need experience that Roma's goals have desperately needed. A real coup for only six million euro, Maarten has to be Serie A's best value signing. Like every other Roma player brought in this summer he will need time to settle with Enrique's methods. At the age of twenty-eight, Stekelenburg still has plenty of years ahead.
Throughout the last World Cup with Chile and last season with Udinese Sanchez was a revelation with his dribbling and creativity. His partnership with fellow striker Antonio Di Natale was what inspired Francesco Guidolin's Udinese to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League. Alexis moved onto Barcelona for a reported 40 million this summer.
After finishing seventh last season, Juventus reacted by spending over seventy million euro. Defensive rock Arturo Vidal was one of the major players bought for twelve and a half million euros. The Chilean impressed last season at Bayern Leverkusen with his hard tackling and passing intellect. So far in pre-season he's looked lively, Juve will want to get the best out of him yet again this season.
A player that divides opinion amongst fans all over Italy; Felipe Melo left Juventus for Galatasaray for one and a half million euro. One thing is for sure, last season his partnership with Alberto Aquilani was one of the best in Serie A. Although he was a good player, he was never really worth the twenty five million euro that Juve originally paid for him.
After the Eto'o departure, Inter really needed to reinvest the money in another striker, and they did with Uruguayan captain Diego Forlan. The transfer was only confirmed on the last day of the window, along with Mauro Zarate, who was brought in from Lazio. At the age of thirty two, this might just be a last hurrah for Forlan. Expect goals, and plenty of them.
His last season from Roma was one of controversy as ex-manager Vincenzo Montella fell out with him. In the end PSG came in for him and he was sold for eight million euros. Although I personally feel he would have fit in well in Luis Enrique's system, his personality issues meant he wasn't worth hanging on to.
At the age of twenty Bojan Krkic has four years of senior experience at the world's best club, as well as more titles then your average veteran. Luis Enrique convinced Bojan to move to the Italian capital because he will know his system inside out. Bojan needs game time that Barca just can't provide anymore. In a move that is basically a loan, unless Roma pay twenty eight million euros to hold on to him, Bojan finally needs to live up to his potential on a weekly basis.
Italy's first choice left back and has represented them since under seventeen level, Domenico Criscito make a surprise move from Genoa to the Russian league and Zenit St. Petersburg for fifteen million euro. It seems a few Italians have decided to move to the east, it will be interesting to see how he fares.
Despite being linked to Juventus throughout the summer, it never looked like a move that would actually happen until the final days of the transfer window; Eljero Elia moved to Juve from Hamburg for nine million euros. A player that will either do very well or fail horribly, as I feel Elia has a few ego issues. His pace will come in handy to break down slow Serie A defenders.
Since Jose Mourinho gave him his first chance for Inter, Davide Santon has been seen as best upcoming full backs in world football. A knee injury later, he found himself loaned out to Cesena, he regained his confidence and Inter brought him back. Only sell him to Newcastle for five and a half million euros. All Italians will be hoping he one day comes back to the peninsula.
A legend for the German National team with sixty two goals, Miroslav Klose has not really been able to replicate this form at club level over the last few seasons. He signed two year contract for Lazio in June, and in his first competitive match he scored one and assisted four. The Italian league will suit Klose, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
All these transfers were either into Italy or out, there were plenty of interesting moves within the peninsula. Although we have lost some great players, I believe Serie A is still one of the most exciting leagues around. The pool of young talent that has been brought in will hopefully put Serie A back on the map.