Serie A: Can Carlos Tevez Fire Juventus to Champions League Glory?
In this summer's transfer window, Italy—like the English Premier League—has had to take a backseat.
No Italian teams have threatened to conjure up record-breaking bids to rival that of Real Madrid's for Tottenham's Gareth Bale. No Serie A club attempted to gazump the nouveau riche Monaco when they swooped for Falcao, the most prolific striker (in terms of goals-per-game) in Europe. And nor did Edinson Cavani - a player who could vie for that title this year - realistically look like staying within the Italian shores.
It's undeniable that in the aftermath of a season dominated by German teams, the off-peak period belongs to clubs from France and Spain, with Bayern Munich of Germany also strengthening.
But whilst club bosses in the Premier League scratch their heads and wonder how the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Thiago Alcantara, Mario Gotze and many others have resisted their overtures in favour of others, the Italian league has attracted a number of Europe's hot properties.
To compliment their signing of Italian veteran Massimo Ambrosini, a player signed on a free from AC Milan who rejected overseas offers, Fiorentina secured the signature of Mario Gomez, fresh from being an integral part of the all-conquering, treble-winning Bayern Munich.
Despite losing Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City, the €26 million they accrued will surely console fans of La Viola as it looks certain to be reharvested.
Despite Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti confirming he is due to sell a share in his beloved club, he has still parted ways with €16 million to sign the highly-rated youthful trio of Mauro Icardi, Ishak Belfodil and Alessandro Capello as to round off a summer of rejuvenation.
Whilst down in Naples, newly-arrived boss Rafael Benitez has wasted no time in shaping a Napoli team designed to go one step further than their second-placed finish last year: As well as capturing an illustruous signature of Gonzalo Higuain which proved elusive for many of Europe's top clubs, he has also raided Real Madrid for Jose Callejon and Raul Abliol.
Not be outdone, capital club Roma have joined in on the shopping spree, signing a number of players, including Kevin Strootman from PSV, a player long linked to Manchester United.
But it Juventus, the reigning Italian champions, who will feel the wrath of the microscopes most scathingly: Expected to capture a third consecutive scudetto - a feat only done three times in the last 60 years - their transfer activity has been select.
One player, however, who looks destined to leave fans both delighted and despaired is the nomadic Carlos Tevez.
Signed for a paltry €9 million in June, the Argentinian striker arrived from Manchester City, thus ending a seven year love-and-loathe affair with the English Premier League.
Here is a player who guarantees goals, averaging a goal every other game when in the colours of City. He is known for his tireless work-rate, his feisty attitude and his dogged determination to aid his side's cause.
He does have a dark undercurrent. No Manchester United fan will forget anytime soon how he having completed a fearsome striking quadprulet of helped the team to Champions League glory in the previous season
But despite this, it is augmenting his strikerate at United
Carlos Tevez has had a career littered with a litany of strife.
When questioning if he can fire Juventus to European glory, that will simply be a stretch too far. Whilst he equals his team-mate Andrea Pirlo in possessing a Champions League winners medal,
In his 33 appearances in European competition, he has notched
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