With the Italian teams faring miserably thus far in the Champions League, it seems that a summer of rebuilding and strengthening is a must if the top four Serie A finishers want to fare better than this season’s prognosticators.
Given the financial crisis facing most teams in Serie A, Inter and Milan feature prominently in all the rumors with the odd mention of Juventus, the top players may be hard to come by.
In this article we will take a look at who the top 10 transfer targets for Italian teams might be. Some might be the usual suspects, while others may be surprises.
This is one rumor that just does not want to go away.
First there was the possibility of Inter signing him, even as early as the January transfer window this year. Now reports are emerging that a return to Milan’s red half is not beyond the realm of possibility for Kaka.
What adds fuel to the fire is the position Kaka finds himself at Real. He is certainly not among Jose Mourinho’s favorite 11. For a player of Kaka’s stature, who is arguably on par with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben and co, it must be hard to find yourself behind the likes of Mesut Ozil.
Given that Kaka has had his fair share of injuries, the partnership of Real and Kaka does seem like a match made in heaven. There is a good possibility of him leaving Madrid and if he does, an equally high possibility of playing in his beloved Serie A.
There is something about Carlos Tevez that always makes him a potential Inter player somewhere in the future. Being Argentinean doesn’t hurt his chances either.
Inter’s President Massimo Moratti has always shown his admiration for him. Tevez has found himself unsettled in England, and after handing in a transfer request in January, who is to say a similar episode would not play out again?
Tevez’ strengths, tireless running and masterful finishing ability make him an asset to any team. At Inter, he would be particularly valuable as they lack a striker who can come in deep and force the play. Given Diego Milito’s troubles, a move for Tevez to Inter is very much on the cards.
Gareth Bale went from "Gareth Who" to one of the most spoken about names in Europe in the space of a few games.
His performances against Inter, particularly against Maicon at White Hart Lane, meant that clubs from around Europe would be keeping a close eye on his progress. His age adds further potential to the claim that he can become one of the best in his position.
Italian teams have shown that they could do with a few pacy players among their ranks, particularly when playing teams from England. Milan’s lack of width would make him a great addition. Yet, his cost might be too prohibitive, and the Spurs will not be willing to let their best player go without a real fight.
Modric has become one of the most accomplished players in his position, and his style of play would make him a great fit to any Serie A team.
His play making ability would be an asset to Inter, because they have shown a lack of creativity many times this season. The Spurs will want to recoup all the money they spent on him, plus some. Which means that any team wanting to sign him will have to shell out extra millions of euros.
This Argentinean forward has been getting all the right attention and has shown to have a mature head on his shoulders. He is destined to be a top five club striker. Palermo is unlikely to contain his ambition beyond the current season.
For all of Pastore's talk of wanting to stay, I would be pleasantly surprised if he didn’t make a move to a bigger club in the summer. After putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal, it ensures that Palermo would get every last dollar possible for their player.
It would be wonderful if Juventus can sign him, as they are really struggling with forwards due to injury. Luca Toni and Vincenzo Laquinta have not been able to fill in the extra minutes, either.
Once again, any Italian team will have to face competition from both England and Spain. Both the Manchester clubs have registered an interest as well as the Big Two from Spain. Watch out for some big developments.
Sandro’s performance against Milan over the two legs of the tie against the Spurs was fantastic. He has all the right qualities to fill the gaps that would be left by Milan’s current aging midfield.
Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini cannot be expected to go on forever. Reports emanating from Italy seem to suggest that Brazil International is attracting all the right attention from the team he just helped eliminate from the Champion's League.
Unike the transfers above, this one is within the Italian league itself. Fiorentina’s Riccardo Montolivo has had his name repeatedly come up in the papers over a proposed move away from La Viola.
He vehemently denied that he was leaving for Inter in January, and to add further spice to the mix, Milan seem to be interested in the midfielder as backup to the aging Clarence Seedorf.
Due to his contract dispute with Fiorentina, a fee of around €10 to €15 million might be enough to tempt Fiorentina rather than risk losing their captain on the cheap the following year.
Alexis Sanchez has been the star of the Serie A season so far. His lightning fast speed and top notch dribbling skills has seen his value soar. He scores a fair share of goals too, only adding to his demand.
Crazy figures such as €60 million have been quoted. Given that an out of form Fernando Torres was sold for around the same figure, Udinese can certainly expecting something similar.
If any top four team in Serie A can afford his services, that will surely make them favorites to win the league the following season. Udinese might want to cash in on Sanchez when his demand is highest.
Expect some movement here. The Italian teams can expect stiff competition for his signature, especially from England where his speed will be very useful.
Bayern Munich are facing the real possibility of missing out on Champion's League football in 2011-12.
For a player of Robben’s talent and caliber, he can demand to play Champions League football every season.
If Bayern does not qualify, there is a real possibility of the Dutch winger demanding a transfer request, and Milan would represent an ideal destination. The chances of this transfer depend a great deal on how Bayern finish the season and which manager is brought in to replace Louis Van Gaal.
Juventus have Milos Krasic on their right wing, and the addition of Bastos on their left would make them doubly dangerous. The Brazilian winger has been a target for Juventus for some time now.
A stumbling block in the deal could be the fee. Lyon paid Lille close to €20 million and will want to make a significant profit on that amount. It remains to be seen if the Old Lady can spend that much.
But one thing is for certain, another summer of rebuilding is desperately needed. A Bastos signing will be an excellent way to kick-start the process.