New Serie A Signings: Who Will Make an Immediate Impact?
It has been a busy summer in Italy this year, with several clubs benefiting from big-money sales which in turn has allowed them to spend in the transfer market.
From Edinson Cavani's €64m switch from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain, via Marquinhos' move to Paris from Rome ending with Stevan Jovetic joining Manchester City, the trio have allowed their former employers to spend on reinforcements over the past month.
And, in truth, it has resulted in an intriguing season ahead.
Reigning champions Juventus have also been busy, but rather than having to sell to buy, their recent success has allowed them to be equally as active in the market, bringing in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
Meanwhile, the Milan giants continue their quest in lowering the average ages of their respective squads, whilst simultaneously reducing the wage bill to a sustainable level as they look to unearth the next stars of Serie A.
Nevertheless, there are numerous new signings who will hope to have an immediate impact for their new clubs, none more so than Mario Gomez at Fiorentina.
The German international arrives in Florence having won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, and will have discovered one of the most technically gifted and creative squads in Europe upon his arrival at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Preseason results suggest that the new attacking line-up is building up immediate chemistry, with Giuseppe Rossi, Joaquin and Adem Ljajić all being deployed in a supporting role to the 28-year-old.
When considering the candidates for Capocannoniere next season, the German will undoubtedly feature heavily in most people's options. Combining his predatory instinct with the creativity of Vincenzo Montella's midfield and attacking options, there can only be a positive outcome to Gomez's arrival at the club.
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The same could also be said of Gonzalo Higuaín, who arrives at Napoli with the burden of replacing the goals of the recently departed Cavani. The 25-year-old will be expected to lead the line for Rafael Benitez this season, but his supporting cast is equally as impressive and will look to provide the platform for him to score goals.
Meanwhile, there will also be a few names to remember at San Siro over the upcoming months, with Mauro Icardi and Riccardo Saponara hoping to provide an immediate boost for Inter Milan and A.C Milan respectively.
The young duo enjoyed impressive break-out seasons last year, with Saponara helping Empoli to promotion from Serie B with 11 goals and 14 assists, while Icardi notched 11 goals for Sampdoria and made Italy take notice.
Icardi is likely to be given a starting role in Walter Mazzarri's line-up, while Saponara will hope to establish himself as the first choice trequartista with the Rossoneri. It promises to be an exciting start to life in Milan for both men.
In addition, although a veteran in terms of time spent in Serie A, Antonio Cassano begins a new adventure with Parma this summer after departing Inter. The Italian international is a new signing in that sense, and given the freedom of the Stadio Ennio Tardini to demonstrate his creative influence, he will be determined to play his way back into the Azzurri fold with Cesare Prandelli.
However, disregarding the arrivals in January such as Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi who will be expected to play an integral role for their clubs in the new season, it is Gomez who could well prove himself to be the best signing of the summer.
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