Sometimes the most important transfers are the ones clubs don’t make. That is true in the case of Juventus. Once Antonio Conte left as coach of the team, there was a real feeling that others would soon follow. Midfielders Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal were subjects of rumours for months.
The media looked so hard for clues. Speculation went wild when Vidal signed a Manchester United shirt for a fan in Australia, as per B/R. Newspapers in England (notably Metro) believed he had indeed signed a contract, but that was never the truth.
So the saga spun out of control, but Vidal never made the move. Neither did Pogba. Juventus did not bring in too many reinforcements—apart from Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid and Patrice Evra from United—but the fact that they did not lose any of their starters is a feat in itself.
There was also some good business done outside Torino and across Italy, where clubs spent £260 million this summer, per The Guardian. Some big names came in. Fernando Torres joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, and Ashley Cole and Micah Richards took the less trodden trail out of England to play in Italy with Roma and Fiorentina, respectively.
But the moves that made most sense did not cost all that much. Let’s break down five of the best signings in Serie A.