Take a look at the best new signings in Italian Serie A so far this summer
During these hot days of summer, even the transfer market seems to be getting hotter. There have been free transfers, million-pound signings and a lot of controversial moves. Teams are looking for the best possible players and some of them are even disregarding expenses.
We will focus on 5 names who are the best pickings for their corresponding team: Douglas Costa, Leonardo Bonucci, Luciano Spalleti, Cengiz Under, Riccardo Orsolini.
1. Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich to Juventus for €40 million
The Brazillian winger joined Bayern Munich after some very successful seasons with the Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk and there were great hopes and expectations from the fans and management. His first year under Guardiola was pretty good. He played 34 matches topping a total of 2900' of gameplay, scoring 6 goals and providing 12 assists. With Guardiola leaving and Ancelotti taking over Douglas Costa began to fade. He played just 18 matches for a total of 1837' of gameplay scoring 6 goals and providing 6 assists. This pushed him towards this move to Juventus, where the Italian giants signed a loan deal of €6m with the rights to buy him at the end of the season for another €40 million.
2. Leonardo 'Bezzi' Bonucci from Juventus to AC Milan for €40 million
This is one of those deals that takes a few days to go down. Fans from both sides are still in shock from this unexpected move. Juventus ones cannot believe they sold probably the best defender in the world for only €40 million and what's more they feel betrayed. While AC Milan fans are more than happy to welcome him and hang their hopes for him to lead the defensive line. Bonucci was a real leader at Juventus and was even vice-captain after the legend, Gigi Buffon.
Rumours say the 30-year-old defender had a fall out with his now ex-coach Max Allegri, the signs of which were present since the match against Porto in the UEFA Champions League where he was expelled to stay in the stands. Nonetheless, the signing of Bonucci will give a lot of experience and new style of play to Milan's defence which in the last years has been their weakest part.
3. Luciano Spalletti from AS Roma to Inter Milan
Most of you will be surprised by this name here because he is not a player but he is Internazionale's new boss. Spalletti returned to Roma and spent a year and a half there. His departure from Roma at the end of the season was almost certain because of his claims that if he didn't win any trophies he would leave. And guess what? Juventus winning both - Scudetto and Coppa Italia - made his stay impossible. Inter Milan faced a dull season previously finding no peace with none of the trio: Mancini, De Boer and Pioli managing to make enough of a serious impact to the team. Spalletti is well known for bringing the best out of his players and Internazionale has quality players with good potential but lacking confidence. Spalletti is expected to change things and raise the quality of Inter's gameplay.
4. Cengiz Under from Basaksehirspor to AS Roma for €13.4 million
The Turkish 20-year-old attacking midfielder shows good potential and managed to earn himself a 5 year deal with Roma. He played a notable number of matches with Basaksehir, exactly 31, scoring 9 goals and providing 5 assists. These statistics and his style of play earned him the alias of the 'Turkish Dybala'. Under was bought by Roma to replace Salah, who left for Liverpool and the Roma fans can be sure he will be a great replacement and why not make them forget about him.
5. Riccardo Orsolini from Ascoli to Atalanta
Orsolini joined Atalanta on a two-year loan after Juventus bought him for €6 million from Serie B team Ascoli. He had a very good season with them playing a total of 41 matches and scoring 8 goals. Also, he was acclaimed for his outstanding performance with Italy in the Euro U21 Championship where he scored 5 goals. He plays on both wings and with his pace, dribbling skills and technique, it is certain we will see him on the big screens soon enough.