The latest news from Italy will confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo is a trend. Through this transfer, Juventus have defined how clubs in Italy will act in the transfer market from now on. While many have had doubts over the strength of the league, of which I have my disagreements, Ronaldo has definitely changed their opinion. As we prepare for the new season, clubs have started moving, somehow trying to match Juventus’ powerful transfer market.
The clubs from Milan have seen a major turn of events, with AC Milan finally getting back on track as the new leadership have suddenly made the fans believe in the team, getting them back to Europe after a successful appeal of the sanction they received from UEFA.
Inter thought of reinforcements at the back with Stephan De Vrij, Federico Dimarco, Kwadwo Asamoah (on a free transfer from Juventus), and in the mean time there’s a new striker in town (Lautaro Martínez). Radja Nainggolan decided to change cities, which came as a surprise considering Roma’s moves this summer. Napoli have had many in mind but Aurelio De Laurentis keeps saying in any name that has been linked with the club. The clubs from Rome, especially, have had many great additions keeping up with the rest.
Juventus’ seemed obsession with winning the Champions League has quite literally created a mess. Apparently, the ‘traitor’ wanted to go home and surprisingly ‘Vecchia Signora’ are open for a move. Through the past week, Leonardo, the new AC Milan CEO, had held discussions with the Italian champions for the possible return of Leonardo Bonucci, but matters became complicated with Chelsea on the move for Caldara, as he was valued around €40 million. Milan remain insistent on the young Italian’s importance as part of the deal.
Juventus seem reluctant due to Caldara’s age and talent. On what seemed a great deal for both teams, suddenly Milan received a boost, as not only do they get a defender, Alessio Romagnoli’s partner for years to come, but also found their 20+ goals per season striker in Gonzalo Higuaín. With Ronaldo’s arrival, the Argentine had no longer a safe place in the starting XI, meaning that he was looking for a new team. Chelsea were involved here as well, with the London club, now under the management of the Italian Maurizio Sarri, looking for an experienced striker replacing Àlvaro Morata, who, on the other hand, was on Milan’s transfer list.
Things changed when clubs were discussing the possibility of completing these deals. At times, Chelsea were getting into their heads, as Juventus were seriously considering selling Caldara outside Italy, but as I mentioned above, their obsession with the Champions League is deep and they want to win it as quickly as possible. I may have mentioned just the crazy deal between Juventus and Milan, but all Italian clubs are moving fast. As it stands, Serie A this season cannot be missed.