5 Worst Serie A Signings from 2014 Summer Transfer Window
It was another cautious transfer market for Italian clubs, with very few glamour signings to get headline writers excited.
While some teams have bought wisely, there are always a number of moves which make you wonder whether some clubs have a strategy mapped out or are simply buying whoever is available at the time.
Here we take a look at some of the more questionable pieces of business conducted over the summer.
These are the five worst Serie A signings of the transfer window.
5. Rolando Bianchi to Atalanta
While Rolando Bianchi was once a solid Serie A campaigner, his form in recent seasons suggests that, at 31, he is a couple of years past his best.
With the club that owns him, Bologna, relegated in 2013-14, the former Cagliari, Reggina, Manchester City, Lazio and Torino man has moved back to the club where it all began for him, Atalanta, on loan.
However, the northern Italian club already have German Denis on their books. The Argentine is older than Bianchi, but he has been a more reliable goalscorer in recent campaigns and will almost certainly be starting most games when fit.
His record of three goals in 28 appearances in 2013-14 suggests Bianchi won't have much of an impact at his former club.
4. Alessandro Matri to Genoa
Another Serie A journeyman whose best days are likely well behind him is Alessandro Matri.
The well-groomed striker's best return this decade was a 10-goal haul for Juventus back in 2011-12. Since then, he has only managed 13 more league goals for three different clubs.
Just why Genoa were keen to sign him on loan is unclear, but Grifone fans should not expect him to be hitting the back of the net with any great frequency.
3. Patrice Evra to Juventus
Recruiting fading Premier League defenders seems to be in vogue in Italy this summer, with the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Cole and Micah Richards all joining Serie A outfits during the transfer window.
While all three of those players are likely to play major roles at their new clubs, Juventus' new recruit, Patrice Evra, might not be so lucky.
The former Manchester United man appeared to be slowing down in his final years at Old Trafford, and he may find it tough to become a regular starter at a side that arguably has a stronger squad.
If coach Massimiliano Allegri sticks with the 3-4-1-1 system he used in the opening round against Chievo Verona, Evra could struggle to get in the side.
2. Amauri to Torino
Speaking of journeymen, Brazilian-born Italian international Amauri has just joined his 10th Italian club in Torino.
The Turin club just saw their star striker, Alessio Cerci, leave for Atletico Madrid, which makes the acquisition of Amauri look something like a panic buy.
The 34-year-old, who made one appearance last season for Parma, will surely not have the same impact as the dynamic Cerci at Torino, which means the Granata now look like they lack firepower.
1. Fernando Torres to Milan
Nobody doubts the talent of Fernando Torres, but the days when he was a feared goalscorer now feel like an eternity ago.
The last time he cracked the 10-goal mark in a league campaign was in 2009-10 for Liverpool, which is hardly the sort of form to get Milan fans excited as the powerhouse club attempts to return to its glory days.
Who knows, perhaps a change of scenery will revitalise "El Nino" and we will see him terrorising defences once more.
As a striker who in recent years has become more famous for his misses than his goals, though, he will need a huge turnaround in fortunes if he is to earn the love of the Rossoneri faithful.
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