6 Most Meaningful Serie A Transfers so Far This Summer

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIJuly 4, 2013

6 Most Meaningful Serie A Transfers so Far This Summer

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    Serie A's transfer market is always interesting, with more registered agents than any other country in Europe, naturally there tends to be many more deals in Italy than the majority of other countries.

    Plenty have already been completed, too, with clubs looking to get their business done promptly to be prepared for the next season.

    The fight at the top of the table will be fascinating, even if the scudetto is very likely to stay in Turin for a third consecutive year.

    With just three Champions League places and Milan, Inter, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, Napoli and even Udinese all competing for two places, success in the mercato will be key to the outcome.

    Here are the six most meaningful transfers so far.

Antonio Cassano: Inter to Parma

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    Antonio Cassano is on the move once more. This time he will star for Parma after his short-lived spell with Inter came to an end.

    It was actually a productive season for Cassano with the Nerazzurri when he was actually on the pitch, but injuries restricted him to just 11 league appearances as Inter were plagued by absentees throughout the second half of the season.

    The 30-year-old still managed five goals and four assists, showing that he can be highly effective when centrally involved in a side's tactics, which will be the case under Roberto Donadoni at Parma.

    Parma announced the deal this week, but it is unclear what the Crociati have sent in return for the former Roma star, with Ishak Belfodil suspected to be heading in the opposite direction.

    Questions remain whether Cassano can fend off the injuries. If he can, he might just have a case to win a call-up to the Italian national team in time for the World Cup.

Hugo Campagnaro: Napoli to Inter

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    Hugo Campagnaro's arrival at Inter is hugely significant as to whether Walter Mazzarri's reign with the Nerazzurri starts off successfully.

    The Argentine's contract expired this summer, and the 32-year-old will be an excellent addition for Inter as they make their transition to Mazzarri's favourite formation, consisting of three centre-backs.

    The Albiceleste international has been one of the better centre-backs in Italy over the past few seasons, and if he can perform well for Inter, they might stand a chance of contending for a place in the top three with an improvement on last season's shambolic defence.

    The player appears motivated, too, revealing on his twitter account (via Forza Italian Football), "it will be a great challenge."

Carlos Tevez: Manchester City to Juventus

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    Carlos Tevez to Juventus is perhaps the most meaningful move of the summer, as it strengthens the Bianconeri's attack significantly, which was a weakness for the Old Lady last year.

    It more or less secures a third successive scudetto at this stage and will propel Juve into Champions League contention.

    At £12m, Juve have pulled off a superb piece of business for the 29-year-old, who has plenty left to offer.

    With the added motivation to push his way back into Argentina's plans for the World Cup next year, Juve will have a fully motivated Carlitos, which, when added to their formidable side from last season, is a scary thought.

Mauro Icardi: Sampdoria to Inter Milan

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    Mauro Icardi will arrive at Inter this summer from Sampdoria, with both clubs have confirming the deal despite terms yet being officially released.

    The Argentine striker will bolster the Nerazzurri attack and provide fresh legs to gradually take the pressure off of Diego Milito as he returns from injury.

    Icardi has compared himself to Gabriel Batistuta in an interview with El Litoral (via Football-Italia.net), and performances for Samp last year gave a glimpse at the amazing potential that Inter have bought into.

    Formerly of Barcelona, Icardi took a step back by joining Samp after failing to break through at La Masia, and it is a move that has paid off handsomely now that he is at one of Italy's biggest clubs.

    With 10 goals from 31 matches, Icardi at just 20 years old will be leading the Inter attack for many years to come.

Fernando Llorente: Athletic Club to Juventus

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    This was a deal that was announced in January, but Fernando Llorente will finally arrive in Turin this summer on a free transfer after his contract with Athletic Club expired.

    The Spain international has already voiced his excitement ahead of next season and the potential to form a potent partnership with Carlos Tevez to the club's official website (via Daily Mail).

    The 28-year-old was largely frozen out of Marcelo Bielsa's plans last season after his refusal to sign a new deal and will therefore be itching to get back onto the pitch and prove himself in Bianconeri colours.

    An impressive campaign in Serie A will also give him a chance of returning to the Spanish national team in time for the World Cup.

    With his dominating physical presence, Llorente will offer a different option for Antonio Conte next season and versatility in their forward line is essential as they aim to make further inroads in the Champions League while maintaining their success domestically.

Dries Mertens: PSV to Napoli

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    With the Edinson Cavani saga still at an early stage, Napoli's signing of Dries Mertens from PSV has gone somewhat unnoticed.

    The Belgian international was in sensational form in the Eredivisie last season, notching 16 goals in 29 appearances from a left wing berth.

    The 26-year-old will boost Rafael Benitez's squad and provide another excellent attacking option in a probable 4-2-3-1 formation, potentially filling in on the right too.

    The price of €9.5 million appears a good one when you consider the player is entering the prime of his career and remains hungry to prove himself in order to win a starting place in Belgium's side as they look to qualify for the World Cup.