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Summer transfer deals so far – Serie A

Saturday 15th July 2017
Italian football has long been a player in the international transfer market. Juventus started the ball rolling by recruiting Argentines Luis Monti and Raimundo Orsi in the 1930s. The two also represented the Azzurri in the 1934 World Cup despite having already featured for the Albiceleste. Liga Calcio hasn't stopped looking for the best talent since. As we've already examined the early activity in La Liga and the Bundesliga, let's take a peek at the money being thrown about on Serie A transfers this summer.

Nikola Maksimovic - Torino > Napoli (€20m)

A Serbian centre-back known quite well in Italy, Maksimovic has been on Torino's books since 2013. In the 2016/17 season, he was loaned out to Napoli. Although, more accomplished as a defender, he was also asked to play as a right midfielder. At season's end, Napoli decided to activate the 25-year-old's buyout clause. Unsurprisingly, Maksimovic has been compared to countryman Nemanja Vidic.

Juan Cuadrado - Chelsea > Juventus (€20m)

The Colombian international has been a key player for Juventus. In a complex deal involving loan options, Cuadrado has been at Juventus since 2015, on loan from Chelsea. Annual payments have culminated in a permanent deal this summer. Needing to maintain depth on the wings, it was a no-brainer for the Serie A champions to complete the deal.

Andre Silva - FC Porto > AC Milan (€38m)

The lesser known of Portugal's emerging Silva duo, FC Porto's young striker is a rising talent with a bright future. He managed to score 17 league goals in 41 appearances over two seasons in the Primeira Liga. Milan shouldered its way past many interested parties to pay a healthy fee and give the goalscorer a five-year contract. With the money involved, keep an eye on this 21-year-old next season.

Hakan Calhanoglu - Bayer Leverkusen > AC Milan (€22m)

This Turkish attacking midfielder has been highly rated in the Bundesliga for his consistency. At just 23, Calhanoglu has played well over 100 games for Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen. Also a regular in the Turkish national side, he was signed to a four-year contract by Milan and given the number 10 shirt for the upcoming season. Impressive performances are expected from Hakan this season in Serie A.

Milan Skriniar - Sampdoria > Inter Milan (€30m)

You may not know the name but there is a reason why Inter have splashed the cash on this Slovakian centre-back. The 22-year-old helped Sampdoria to a tenth place finish. Skriniar was also named Slovakia's best U-21 player for 2016. Although he isn't known outside Slovakia or Italy, don't be surprised to see his name pop up a few times next season.

Andrea Conti - Atalanta > AC Milan (€25m)

This Italian right-back was sought after thanks to a positive 2016-17 campaign. Playing as a right wing back encouraged him to get forward more than his previous role as a right back. Involved higher up the pitch, Conti managed to bag eight goals in Serie A. Not only a personal record but an outstanding tally for a defender in general. Be on the lookout for the new Rossoneri starlet in 2017-18.
Next, we go to France to check the early transfer business in Ligue 1. Watch this space.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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