Serie A Growing in Strength with Big-Name Signings

Sumeet PaulContributor IJuly 9, 2013

GUANGZHOU, GUANGDONG - JULY 26:  Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich smiles during a friendly match against VfL Wolfsburg as part of the Audi Football Summit 2012 on July 26, 2012 at the Guangdong Olympic Sports Center in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Following the official announcement from Bayern Munich that striker Mario Gomez would be joining Fiorentina, the prolific German striker became yet another big-name player to decide on a switch to Italy. Given the arrivals over the past six months, is Serie A growing in strength again?

The 27-year-old revealed that despite interest from both La Liga and the Premier League, his preference remained Italy, particularly in Florence, given the brand of football adopted by coach Vincenzo Montella.

It is a notable coup for the top tier of Italian football, and it is another exciting piece added to the Viola squad, despite speculation by ESPN and (h/t Football Italia) suggesting that both Stevan Jovetic and Adem Ljajic, respectively, will leave.

Nevertheless, Gomez will join Spanish winger Joaquin at the Artemio Franchi in August, while Carlos Tevez also opted for a move to Serie A this summer, as the former Manchester City striker secured a deal with Juventus at the end of last month.

The 29-year-old arrives along with Fernando Llorente, as the Bianconeri look to solidify their position at the pinnacle of Italian football while also launching a bid to conquer Europe.

Their transfer window has arguably been the most impressive to date, although both Milan and Inter are working steadily in building promising squads capable of challenging for years to come by investing in young talent that already ply their trade in Serie A.

However, when considering the talent that was brought back to Italy in January, it is a trend that has continued for months and will hopefully be extended to the end of this transfer window.

Having opted to sell some of their big names last summer due to financial constraints that still perhaps plague the league as a whole, the Rossoneri were able to land Mario Balotelli six months ago, while Fiorentina added Giuseppe Rossi to their ranks.

Both players will now be hopeful of benefiting from a full preseason with their respective teams, and will add further glamour to the league with their performances.

Despite the disappointment of losing Edinson Cavani to PSG, Napoli have begun the Rafa Benitez era promisingly, snapping up PSV's Dries Mertens. Add to that news that the Partenopei have now secured the signing of Jose Callejon, and it promises to be a highly competitive and exciting campaign this year, especially with both Roma and Lazio also looking to improve on last year's achievements.

The near €250 million spent by PSG on talent from Serie A has helped the league make somewhat of a recovery financially, but the top teams are now also beginning to show signs of competing in the transfer market.

Granted, they still trail the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and a handful of Premier League clubs in terms of revenue, but there are finally signs of progress after falling so far behind their European counterparts.

There is still plenty of time left in the transfer window, thus the situation could in turn look more bleak as we approach the new season. However, based on the work done so far, the nucleus of top teams in Italy are proving they have promising futures ahead and are building impressive squads.


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