There was action aplenty in the summer transfer market for Serie A this season. The rumors were always filling up the mailbox and, unusually, the majority of them came to fruition. Ranked here are the incoming transfers that are most likely to have the most direct impact on the success of their clubs this season. Enjoy, as the transfers are only the start of what should be an exciting season of Calcio.
Juventus brought in this winger after he was included on the Italian National side in the most recent summer’s World Cup. He will be depended on for his work rate and production domestically, but hopes can’t be too high for this rather plain Italian international.
This soon to be 31-year-old veteran striker has proven he has the ability to score goals in the past four years with Siena by tallying 34 of them; but now it is time for him to produce on a higher level with Palermo. With the departure of striker Edison Cavani and the injury to Fabrizio Miccoli, Maccarone will need to get off to a quick start to help Palermo find the back of the net and get results.
This 25-year-old goalkeeper is extremely talented. He will be counted on and responsible for multiple cleansheets this season with Sampdoria. His reflexes stand out and his positioning and smarts give him the potential to get back on the track to the Italian National Team. Sampdoria will be as confident as any other club in Serie A with their man in between the posts.
In what went as an almost unnoticed transfer, AC Milan managed to acquire Kevin-Price Boateng in a co-ownership deal with Genoa after he was brought in from Portsmouth. The German born Ghanaian impressed with his solid play at the World Cup for Ghana. He will most likely be used as a reserve and spot starter at Milan, but the 23-year -old is only going to get better and is sure to bring positive production in the Rossoneri midfield.
Adriano was brought in by Roma to provide another fierce physical scoring option upfront to benefit from Francesco Totti’s playmaking abilities. He showed last season that he could still put the ball in the back of the net, managing two hat tricks en route to a 19-goal campaign.
The Brazilian is already facing early season injury issues, but be assured he will have an impact this season in getting Roma a few results with some strong left footed goals.
The Argentine defender finally completed a deal just days before the deadline that moved him permanently from Inter to Roma. This deal provides Roma with much needed depth in the central defense to go along with Mexes and Juan to aide in their journeys domestically and in Europe.
There was a lot of interest in Burdisso around Italy, but the defender enjoyed his time spent on loan at the capital and the Giallorossi also made a clever move by signing Nicolas’ brother Guillermo.
A late surge in the transfer market by AC Milan saw them land Brazilian striker Robinho. This is likely to be a very comfortable location for Robinho, as he will be joining up with fellow Brazilians Ronaldinho, Pato, and Thiago Silva.
Look for Robinho to play well with his fellow natives in attack and bring an exciting flair to the Rossoneri shirt this season.
Quagliarella was a late loan move that sent him from his hometown of Napoli to the Old Lady in Turin to play for Juventus. The striker was one of the few Italians who could manage to leave the World Cup with his head held high thanks to his work rate, determination, and spectacular goal in the second half against Slovakia.
The 27 year old might not be as consistent as the supporters would like, but he is sure to bang home some spectacular finishes that will dazzle football fans across the nation.
The Serbian International has some high expectations to live up to with his golden locks resembling recent Juventus legend Pavel Nedved. Though unfair, Krasic has the potential to excel with Juve if given the right amount of time to gel with his new club. The speedy winger has impressive dribbling abilities and will constantly have leftbacks on their heals when the ball is on his feet.
The 23-year-old midfielder provides just the youth, skills, and potential that Parma can use to make a surprising run into the European places on the top half of the table. Candreva will get the perfect opportunity to control the Parma midfield and raise his talents to the next level.
The 25-year-old Brazilian talent is eager to bust out onto the European scene after standing out in Brazil. The midfielder will be depended on immediately to spark the attack through the midfield and help Lazio regain respectability in the Serie A table.
Another important move was made at the deadline when Roma added another talent to throw into the area and provide a threat on goal, in the form of the good-looking Marco Borriello. Roma is now as deep as it has ever been up-front in recent years and has surrounded Francesco Totti with the necessary weapons to have them in good position for the Scudetto.
In what may be the most underrated move of the transfer period, Gaetano D’Agostino will play a huge role in fighting to get Fiorentina back into Europe. The midfielder was forgotten by many due to his injury issue last season and absence from the World Cup, but now he is healthy and ready to make amends. The Viola will benefit greatly from the Italian in the middle and his playmaking passes are sure to be a key with the absence of Jovetic.
This youthful rightback is just what the doctor ordered for Juventus. He is likely to shine once he settles in, in the defence. He also has the ability to charge up the right side in attack effectively. Motta stood out on Italian youth sides throughout his years and now it is time for him to progress as a top rightback at the highest level and there aren’t many doubts that he will do this.
The Uruguayan striker proved his worth in the pink jerseys of Palermo since 2007 and now it is time for him to take his production elsewhere to Napoli. The longhaired goal-scorer has shown his abilities netting 34 times in 109 appearances and is still at the ripe age of 23.
Cavani will be depended on to provide the bulk of the scoring for Napoli with the departure of Quagliarella, but with help from Hamsik and Lavezzi he is sure not to disappoint.
This strong central defender has shown the potential to not only bolster the Juventus backline for this season, but for the future decade as well. His success last season with Bari earned him a call-up to the Italian National Team for the 2010 World Cup, where he is likely to be a regular for years to come.
Bonucci will partner Giorgio Chiellini at the heart of the Juventus defence and once they grow accustomed to each other, they will contend worldwide for the best central defensive duo.
Another young central defender who was partners with Bonucci in Bari last season comes in at the four spot. Ranocchia is viewed as the more talented defender in comparison to Bonucci, but last year’s injury stalled his progression and hopes at a World Cup appearance. The 22-year-old will be responsible for anchoring the Genoa defence with the departure of Salvatore Bocchetti and attackers across the nation will find no joy in coming toe to toe with this tall defender.
Some may say this is too high for the often-injured midfielder, but his undervalued talent and lack of playing time last season has made it easy to forget just how talented he is. Look for Aquilani to partner well with Claudio Marchisio and take his game to the next level, as he will earn his way back onto the Italian National Team through success at Juventus.
The Atomic Ant may have slipped off the radar and fast path to the top of Italian football, but his summer move to Parma will present him with just the opportunity necessary to rise back to the top of his game. Giovinco will be relied on heavily for the bulk of Parma’s attack and playmaking upfront and even more importantly he will be a regular starter.
In winning the 23-year-old, Parma will be the surprise team in Serie A this season and seriously threaten for a spot in Europe next season and Giovinco himself will be the main reason, as he will reemerge as a top Italian talent surely to succeed at the highest of levels.
The Swedish striker has once again checked back into Serie A, but this time with AC Milan. After dawning the Bianconeri and Nerazzurri, Zlatan has now moved to the Rossoneri. This extremely skilled and talented frontman will be just the ingredient necessary for AC Milan to challenge and overcome their rivals in the race for the Scudetto.
Ibrahimovic will combine and coordinate with tremendous attackers like Ronaldinho, Pato, Robinho, and Inzaghi at Milan. He will also benefit greatly from the precise balls played from the midfield from Pirlo and Ambrosini.
Ibrahimovic has to be considered the top transfer of the summer transfer period in Serie A because he has basically changed the outlook on Milan’s entire ambitions and expectations simply by arriving.