Torres £50m? Carroll £35m? Not quite but Serie A still lively

By on February 1, 2011 - 46 views

With the insane amounts of money and more drama than a Coronation Street special used up on deadline day in the Premier League, it is completely understandable that we may not have paid much attention to the ins and outs of Italy’s top flight.

With transfer fees that are modest in comparison to the Premier League, it may not have the blockbuster headlines, but there has been scrambles for signatures with the same vigour in hope of keeping season ambitions alive. With some big names moving and some risky gambles taken, this window is make or break in the most open Scudetto for years.

The biggest transfer by far was Giampaolo Pazzini from Sampdoria to Inter Milan in a players plus cash (€13m) deal. Big because Inter snapped him away from desperate suitors but most promising was the capture of Andrea Rannochia from Genoa to Inter Milan at €20m. Rannochia, 22, is arguably the best young centre back in Italy, a view confirmed by his transfer fee, which is in fact only an estimated half  of his actual value because of ownership rules in Serie A (Inter already owned half his contract but bought the rest).

Staying in Milan, the Rossoneri added four big names for a combined fee of €6m; Mark Van Bommel, Nicola Legrottaglie, Antonio Cassano and Urby Emanuelson in order to bolster their title challenge, but also the promising fullback Dídac Vilá from Espanyol for €5m. Napoli needed to fill a defensive hole and turned to Espanyol for Victor Ruiz , the solid Spanish under 21 international at €10m. They also acquired Lautaro Fernandez from Argentian side Tigres.

Juventus faced a difficult window. It is common knowledge that the Old Lady is slipping in the league because they lack firepower up front but they also lack funds. Failure to make the Champions League could yet ruin Juve. They added seasoned internationals Andrea Barzagli and Luca Toni in order to bolster an ageing squad with more age but have gambled significantly on Alessandro Matri, 26, who signed from Cagliari on loan at first for €2.5m.

Other significant transfers include Fiorentina snapping up Valon Behrami from West Ham and Genoa adding Mauro Boseli on loan from Wigan. Lazio took Giuseppe Sculli from Genoa and Federico Macheda has joined Samp on loan until the end of the season from Man United. Of course there have been many others and a full list can be found here.

What is certain is that Serie A is going to go right to the line and one of these names could just push their side over the edge.

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