Serie A has misplaced two of its greatest names this summer time in Romelu Lukaku and Italy’s goalkeeping hero Gianluigi Donnarumma, however some thrilling expertise has been on the transfer to Italy’s high flight as the brand new season prepares to kick off.
AFP Sport picks out 5 signings to look at in Serie A in 2021/22:
Tammy Abraham (Roma)
England worldwide Abraham’s transfer to Roma comes at a vital time in his profession, as he leaves the one membership he has ever recognized in Chelsea for an unsure rebuilding mission in a brand new nation below new Roma coach Jose Mourinho.
Frozen out on the European champions since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival as coach and pushed additional down the pecking order by the signing of Lukaku from Inter Milan, Abraham would be the first-choice striker for a crew which isn’t solely out of the Champions League however will likely be within the new Europa Convention League after ending seventh in Serie A final season.
He will likely be anticipated to fill Edin Dzeko’s footwear and lead the assault alongside the likes of rising star Nicolo Zaniolo, and after taking part in simply 17 minutes within the ultimate three months of final season this can be a new stage of responsiblity for gifted the 23-year-old.
Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan)
Presumably essentially the most intriguing signing of the summer time, Dumfries shone at Euro 2020 for the Netherlands, scoring twice and placing on some spectacular shows as a wing-back in Frank de Boer’s crew.
Inter introduced the signing of Dumfries from PSV Eindhoven on the identical day as Dzeko’s arrival from Roma, and whereas Dzeko will likely be tasked with filling the large hole left by Lukaku, Dumfries is charged with being the brand new Achraf Hakimi.
How the 25-year-old Rotterdam native performs on the proper flank in Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 system will likely be key to Inter’s title defence, as the remainder of a powerful again line and midfield has remained intact.
Marko Arnautovic (Bologna)
The unstable Arnautovic has had a busy summer time: slapped with a one-game ban for insulting a North Macedonia participant throughout Euro 2020, earlier than a razor-thin offside determination through VAR stopped him from placing Austria forward in opposition to Italy at a vital stage of their last-16 conflict, finally dropping 2-1 at Wembley.
He then mentioned goodbye to Chinese language Tremendous League facet Shanghai Port after apparently asking for a pay-off to terminate a contract that reportedly earned him over 200,000 euros ($234,000) every week.
Now safely in northern Italy, the 32-year-old netted on his Bologna debut on Monday — however was on the improper finish of a nine-goal thriller with second-tier Ternana which dumped Sinisa Mihajlovic’s crew out of the Coppa Italia within the first spherical.
Olivier Giroud (AC Milan)
France’s second-highest scorer of all time joins a stellar solid of veteran forwards in Serie A, arriving at Milan from Chelsea after taking part in an essential position within the Blues’ march to Champions League glory.
Giroud will likely be 35 subsequent month however reveals no signal of letting up within the twilight of his profession.
With fellow ageing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic out with a knee harm, Giroud has impressed in pre-season, scoring 3 times and looking out the identical bustling presence that stepped up for Chelsea on a lot of key events.
With Milan again within the Champions League for the primary time since 2013/14, a dependable presence in entrance of aim might be simply what Stefano Pioli’s crew must kick on.
Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina)
Gonzalez joins Fiorentina as a Copa America winner with Argentina and his addition offers assist for star ahead Dusan Vlahovic, who has been an Inter goal after scoring 21 occasions in Serie A final season.
The 23-year-old performed simply as soon as between February and Might final time period for Stuttgart, having scored six targets in 15 video games earlier within the marketing campaign, however his harm troubles didn’t cease the Viola shelling out 23 million euros to get the winger.
He obtained off to a promising begin in Friday’s 4-0 Cup thumping of Serie C outfit Cosenza, laying on Vlahovic’s tap-in opener earlier than doubling the lead with a wise header from a nook.