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The 5 biggest Serie A arrivals this summer

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While the current economic climate may have certainly played a huge factor in the team’s exploits in this year’s summer transfer window, some Italian outfits haven’t let that hinder their target list.

With the new Serie A campaign only just getting underway, there is no doubt that this summer’s latest and most pricey arrivals will be hoping to hit the ground running as they start life at a new home.

So, in a transfer window that will be remembered as the longest in history, who were Serie A’s five most expensive signings over the past few months?

Arthur – Juventus £64.80million

While Arthur might have made his feelings initially clear that he wanted to extend his stay with Barcelona this summer, the Nou Camp hierarchy announced back in June that they had accepted a £64.80million deal with Juventus.

With it also confirmed that Miralem Pjanic would be moving in the other direction, many around Turin have been excited by the 24-year-old linking up with the defending Serie A champions.

However, while the Brazilian midfielder might have only just got settled in Turin, there were questions already surrounding his future after his big fan Maurizio Sarri was abruptly replaced by Andrea Pirlo at the Allianz.

Penciled in to make his first start under the Italian icon before Sunday’s matchup against Napoli was scrapped at the final hour, there is no doubt that Arthur will be desperate to live up to his hefty price tag.

Victor Osimhen – Napoli £63million

Slumping to a seventh-place finish in last year’s extended Serie A campaign and watching club icon José Callejón end his tenure with Napoli over the summer, many in Italy expected Gli Azzurri to invest heavily during the transfer window.

With a string of speculation surrounding Arkadiusz Milik’s future in Naples, Gennaro Gattuso’s men decided to spend big on another number nine and made Lille’s Victor Osimhen their #1 target early on.

Really bursting onto the scene with what was a stunning run in France, the youngster was heavily linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham.

Clearly doing enough to convince Napoli to smash their transfer record with a £63million deal, Osimhen had a stellar debut season last term, scoring 18 goals in 38 matches to make him one of the most highly-rated strikers in the 2019/2020 campaign.

Seen as a complete striker by Gattuso, Osimhen has his sights set on mounting a charge for the Golden Boot that he is priced at 16/1 with 888sport to claim on his maiden campaign.

Achraf Hakimi – Inter Milan £36million

Eventually left heartbroken to have missed out on lifting their first Serie A title in a decade by just a single point buffer after returning from the enforced break, Inter Milan have their sights set on relinquishing Juventus this time around.

Really making their intentions clear this summer and opting to splash the cash, Antonio Conte made it clear that he needed to strengthen an Inter defence that had shown some inconstancies.

Enjoying what was a very impressive stint with Borussia Dortmund last season and gaining a string of admirers from across Europe, many in Italy feel that I Nerazzurri have pulled off quite the coup in bringing Achraf Hakimi to the San Siro.

With a real reputation for his contributions at both ends of the pitch, Inter managed to secure a deal with Real Madrid for £36million back in July after the 21-year-old only managed to muster 17 appearances for Los Blancos.

Nicolò Barella – Inter Milan £22.50million

Not just content with bringing Hakimi to Milan this summer, the Italian giants have decided to double down over the past few months and have fully backed Conte, despite speculation surrounding his own future after their Europa League defeat out in Germany.

With it appearing that the former Chelsea boss doesn’t see January arrival Christian Eriksen as part of his plans, many in Italy believe that I Nerazzurri have managed to snap up an Italian international at a fair price.

Just 23 and already racking up 16 caps for Roberto Mancini’s former world champions, Nicolò Barella has a wealth of Serie A experience after a five-year stint with Cagliari.

The youngster appeared in 35 Serie A games last season and is regarded as one of Italy’s most promising midfielders after former Inter central midfielder and coach Marco Tardelli sang the praises last month.

Vedat Muriqi – Lazio £17.5million

While a sluggish return from the enforced break might have finally put a nail in Lazio’s surprise title charge, the Eagles did manage to secure themselves a top-four return and have decided to invest this summer.

Manging to keep hold of last year’s Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile and bringing in Mohamed Fares, Simone Inzaghi’s men added to their attacking ranks after bringing in Vedat Muriqi from Fenerbahce.

While he might have bounced around a handful of Turkish outfits, the Kosovo international enjoyed a very impressive campaign last season scoring 17 goals in 36 appearances and providing a further seven assists.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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