The exchange is never fair in Italy. Stars leave, and lesser ones come.
Ciro Immobile, Mario Balotelli and Mehdi Benatia have left the stage, a couple of the best attackers and a top defender gone. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal could be next.
But it's OK. Fernando Torres could be on his way to Serie A, joining former Premier League full-backs Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra and ex-Arsenal and Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia—although the latter has now been forced to retire after a heart defect was discovered during his medical at Cagliari, per The Telegraph. All of them picked from the unwanted bin.
Of course, there are exceptions. Lazio made a fantastic purchase when they acquired Stefan de Vrij, the 22-year-old centre-back who impressed with the Netherlands during the World Cup. (How a team like Manchester United missed out on a player like that is incomprehensible.) And Juventus paid €20 million for Alvaro Morata, the mobile 21-year-old forward from Real Madrid.
Yet there is still business to be done. These clubs have months to secure transfers, but many—we're looking at you, AC Milan—tend to make the most significant moves right when the window is closing. It's annoying, but it's true.
Let's look at some last-minute deals that could materialize.