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Biggest Summer Transfer Needs for Serie A's Top Clubs

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:  Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Torino FC at Juventus Arena on February 23, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Matteo BonettiContributor IApril 17, 2014

With the summer approaching, plenty of the top teams in Serie A will look to make changes that will hopefully make them more competitive next season.

The parity in the league is one of its most fascinating aspects, as no result is easily guessable and a minnow can just as easily pluck away a point or three from one of the league's giants.

With that being said, every team in Serie A has some sort of deficiency, whether it's minor or major is an entirely different debate. 

Here are some of the most pressing summer transfer needs for Serie A's top clubs.

 

Juventus

The Bianconeri are the team on this list with the least amount of needs, obviously. They currently hold an eight-point lead over second-place Roma in the standings and are set to win their third straight Scudetto.

Last summer was pivotal for the club as they reinforced an above-average strike force that didn't make the difference in Europe by bringing in the attacking duo of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

Will Stephan Lichtsteiner still be a starter next season?
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Even though their Champions League dreams came crashing down as they disappointingly bowed out of the group stages this year, they're a better side from previous seasons and should be even more competitive with a strong summer transfer window.

One pressing need is a pure winger that could play in a 4-3-3, assuming Antonio Conte does change it up in the future. Kwadwo Asamoah has had his skeptics but has improved lately playing in the left wingback position in the 3-5-2, but a more offensive option could be useful depending on the scenario.

Alexis Sanchez has been previously linked with the club and would give the Bianconeri a very interesting multidimensional attacker up front that is electrifying with the ball at his feet and has plenty of pace.

 

Roma

The young Giallorossi should win an imaginary most improved award from last season, as bringing in Rudi Garcia has completely changed the squad led by their savvy American owner James Pallotta, who understands the marketing side of the sport perfectly.

Expect three or four new young, quality signings from Roma as they look to build on what they created under Garcia this season. 

With Francesco Totti nearing the end, an alternative to Mattia Destro is needed up front to spearhead the attack when injuries or suspensions come into play. The midfield is perhaps Roma's strongest point, as the likes of Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi, Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan each offer their own bit of stability. 

The defensive center-back pairing is one of the best in Italy, but could perhaps use another quality full-back, especially on the left.

 

Inter

Inter's season has received mixed emotions with the new ownership of Erick Thohir and ex-Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri at the helm. The Nerazzurri need help at the back, especially if Andrea Ranocchia is sold.

The transfer session will be largely determined by Mazzarri's future, since his tactical ideologies call for a very specific group of players to fill his 3-5-2 formation.

However, it's not even a certainty that the coach will stay, so don't be surprised if there are once again wholesale changes to the club as Thohir tries to bring the Nerazzurri back into Europe.

 

Napoli

Only recently has Napoli played better defensively, as they were absolutely woeful in the first half of the season. Their midfield and attack can go toe-to-toe with the best of them in Europe, but only their back-line needs refurbishing.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  Javier Mascherano of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second Leg match against Manchester City at the Sant Joan Despi Sport Complex on March 11, 2014 in Barcel
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Rafael Benitez's 4-3-3 formation calls for offensive full-backs to venture forward and help the attack. While Christian Maggio is a viable option, he's nearing the twilight of his career and the team will need younger full-backs to give them an added spark.

The center-back pairing of Raul Albiol and Federico Fernandez has had its ups and downs, although they've played better recently. Expect the club to bring in one world-class defender or defensive midfielder like Javier Mascherano, a player that Benitez knows well from his time at Liverpool.

 

Milan

The Rossoneri are the team on this list that need the most help. Only a small miracle will get them back into Europe next season and the squad needs help in various positions. 

Adriano Galliani will need to bring in a quality defender to pair with Adil Rami, who has won his place in the lineup for now. The midfield also needs a defensive midfielder who's able to defend as well as be comfortable in possession.

The full-back situation also isn't too clear, as Ignazio Abate isn't a staple in the lineup anymore and the likes of Kevin Constant and Daniele Bonera are being used on the flanks.

 

Conclusion

Expect an even more competitive Serie A next year as the top teams all get better. Juventus should face more pressure and the Scudetto race certainly won't be over halfway through the season like it was this year.

 

 

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