Milan probably had to be the ultimate winners from this transfer window. It was one of the most productive ones for the Rossoneri in recent times, prioritising quality over quantity. Sending an inconsistent and jaded Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea proved to be fruitful.
Snapping up Krzysztof Piatek for €35m from Genoa seemed risky at first, but after the Pole’s brace against Napoli in the Coppa Italia, the 23-year-old doesn't need to convince the critics on his ability performing for a bigger club. Piatek’s clinical display in front of goal seemed to be the start of a new chapter for Milan – indicating that the Rossoneri may have discovered the heir to Andriy Shevchenko. Get ready Milanisti, more pistolero celebrations incoming.
Another significant move that was carefully and intelligently orchestrated by Leonardo was the appointment of Brazilian youngster Lucas Paqueta. The €35m signing from Flamengo has looked promising in the Rossoneri shirt so far. With some Italian pundits and Milan supporters dubbing the 21-year-old the new Kaka, the technical midfielder seems to be living up to this expectation in a pressured environment. Paqueta has already injected further creativity in this Milan side – stringing exquisite passes, taking audacious long-range shots on goal and dribbling in a Samba fashion.
Fiorentina were one of the clubs that also benefited from the transfer window. With Giovanni Simeone struggling to maintain consistency, the Viola immediately decided to invest in another forward who could deliver more goals on a regular basis, as well as complement Federico Chiesa up front.
After getting very little game time for Sevilla, Luis Muriel didn’t hesitate in joining the Gigliati. The Colombian’s return to Italy has been a spectacular one so far – netting three goals in his first two Serie A appearances and scoring in the 7-1 rout of Roma in the Coppa Italia. The addition of Muriel has supplied extra dynamism to the frontline – bringing the best out of Chiesa and Simeone. Since Muriel’s arrival in Florence, the Viola have scored 16 goals in their last four competitive games.
Despite playing some captivating attacking football under Marco Giampaolo, Sampdoria invested in the forward line this transfer window. The Blucerchiati may boast Fabio Quagliarella – Serie A’s current top goalscorer – but the Gianluca Caprari injury prompted Samp to sign Manolo Gabbiadini from Southampton for €12m. Re-joining Sampdoria has seen glimpses of the vintage Gabbiadini – the hungrier and energised version.
Ever since the 27-year-old striker left Marassi back in 2015, Gabbiadini looked jaded in his time with Napoli and Southampton in the English Premier League. But after scoring his first goal as a substitute against Udinese in the last round of Serie A, Gabbiadini looks full of energy once again, but most importantly, that smile etched across his face is back.
Another vital move Sampdoria made was having activated the option to purchase Emil Audero for €20m at the end of the season. The Indonesian-born Italian goalkeeper has kept eight clean sheets so far this term, which is why the Ligurian club have decided to invest in his talent on a permanent basis.
Juventus this time around had a mixed transfer window – one that probably left more negative effects. Selling Medhi Benatia to Qatari club Al-Duhail is a move Juve will regret at this moment. With Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci out injured, the injury crisis in the centre-back position has sounded some early alarm bells in the Bianconeri’s recent performances. And now with Giorgio Chiellini picking up a fresh injury against Atalanta, Juve’s backline has only worsened.
The Old Lady may be getting Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season to solve the midfield predicament, but in reality, Juventus need a playmaker at this very moment to help Miralem Pjanic, especially if they want to claim the elusive Champions League trophy.
Sassuolo encountered a strange, yet worrying, transfer window. Handing their star forward Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona may currently not be affecting the Neroverdi, as they have other strikers like Alessandro Matri and Khouma Babacar, but it has eliminated a talented and experienced option up front.
Although Roma managed to keep their star players and youngsters – which is unusual for a change – the Giallorossi could have been more proactive in addressing their defensive concerns. The Lupi should have persisted in gaining Gianluca Mancini’s signature, especially to help out Kostas Manolas in the chaotic backline.
Inter might have missed an ideal opportunity to sign a playmaker, as the Nerazzurri haven’t scored from open play in three consecutive games. What’s more frightening is that Mauro Icardi hasn’t scored from open play since the Champions League game against PSV last year. There has been a lack of service for the Argentine striker, who cannot keep relying on penalties to win Inter games. With the current Nerazzurri’s midfielders lacking creativity, it’s surprising how Inter didn’t even pursue the likes of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
While some Italian sides benefited from their transfer purchases, those couple of clubs that failed to invest in any reinforcements are now facing the consequences on the pitch.