It is just hours until a new fresh and rejuvenated season of the Italian Serie A graces our screens. The 2019/20 TIM Serie A season kicks-off on August 24th, 2019 with Parma hosting the defending Champions Juventus at 1600hours GMT.
Every club is trying to strengthen itself in various departments so that they can achieve their aims ranging from challenging for the Scudetto, challenging for European nights places and staying in the league for the upcoming seasons.
In no particular order here are some of the top transfer businesses conducted by Italian in this Summer transfer window:
Matthijs de Ligt
A year ago no one could predict that a teenager would be in Command as some old glory days returned to the City of Amsterdam. De Ligt managed to captain an Ajax side which won a domestic double and reached the Champions League Final for the first time in a long time more so from a Centre Back position.
As the 2018/19 season ended, De Ligt became one of Europe’s most sought after defenders with offers from France, Spain, England and Italy. The Old Lady of Turin emerged out the winner of the race for his signature. With Chiellini and Bonucci both still available we await to see how Coach Sari would fit them in his 4-3-3 formation or he will adopt to back three to make all his three top Centre Backs happy.
February 11th 2019 it was announced that Ramsey will be a Juventus player for 4 years starting with the 2019/20 season putting an end to 11 years adventure with Arsenal.
With the numerous options the Bianconeri have in Midfield, Italian football fanatics look forward to seeing the new spices Ramsey has come along with to the Juventus Stadium.
Leao is one of the exciting protegees of Portuguese football, born in 2000 Leao is a forward who can also play as a Support Striker and a RW attacker will be making his Calcio debut this season with Milan. Having scored 8 and assisting 2 goals in 24 League appearances he was scouted by the Milan side to fill the void left by Cutrone and fellow countryman Andre Silva who is is more than likely to leave before the Window closes.
Having made it through the ranks of the Atletico academy, the exciting French Left Back has struggled to get enough playing time with both Atletico and Real which prompted both sides to send him out on loan and later selling him off during both the times he was with them.
The latest sale has been to AC Milan by Real. AC Milan looks at adding some more quality on the left flank from the versatile player who assisted 7 and scored 2 in 69 La Liga appearances.
Sensi is a box to box central midfielder whose style of playing football is adorable among many Calcio fans since they have watched and appreciated him during his time at Sasuolo hence drawing comparisons with Marco Veratti and Andrea Pirlo.
He was first sought after by Milan but due to failure to agree on financial terms, Inter came in quickly and secured his signature on a loan plus obligation to buy basis.
I don’t think the Belgian All-Time National Team Top scorer needs any introductions, he surely scores the goals making this season’s Top scorer prize have vast competition.
After failing to get him at Chelsea, Conte decided to complete his dream signing with Inter. He was also assigned Mauro Icardi’s squad number 9. Without the captain’s arm and a reassigned shirt number, where does this leave Icardi?
“Roma has risen from their ruins,” sounds familiar? Yes. The main man whose goal let to this historic goal commentary from celebrated BT Sports football commentator Peter Drury, The Greek God Kostas Manolas two years later has switched sides to Naples.
Napoli looks to line up a stronger and harder to beat Central Defense duo in Manolas and Koulibaly. On their top form with an injury-free season, Napoli can surely contend for the Scudetto.
When one reads the name Lozano, the big part of what comes in one’s head is the Mexican’s powerful strike which gave Mexico a surprise win vs Germany. Many thought he would leave PSV after the 2018 Summer but Chucky(his widely known nickname) stayed put for one more season.
With 2 seasons at PSV, the explosive right-footed attacker who mainly operates on the left-wing has managed 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 games hence sealing a $42 million move to Naples.
Frank Ribery to Fiorentina has been one of the summer’s biggest transfer shocks. Many expected the legendary French winger to move to less competitive leagues in the Eastern part of the World but he surprised them by choosing Fiorentina a decision he said was influenced by former teammate Luca Toni.
Due to his age, don’t expect Ribery to play a lot but when he steps on the rectangular green pitch expect a lot of flare from him.
The last time Balotelli played in Italy was during the worst spell in his football career. This was during a loan spell at Milan from Liverpool during the 2015/16 where he scored 1 goal in 20 appearances. He then went abroad for 3 years at Nice and Marseille where he regained his scoring boots.
During this Summer transfer winter, Balotelli has signed for newly promoted Brescia, who have made more reinforcements to continue their stay in the top division beyond this forthcoming season. Balotelli will look to bring to Brescia what Gervinho brought to Parma last season: individual moments of brilliance and attack leadership. With Tonali staying with the side and the hook up of Balotelli, Brescia looks a stronger team on paper.
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.