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Tuesday September 3 2019
Top 10 hotly-anticipated Serie A signings

With the transfer market now shut, Ramez Nathan identifies the 10 new signings who shoulder the biggest expectations in Serie A this season.

10. Ismael Bennacer (Empoli to Milan)

Milan have put all their focus this transfer market in signing young talents to attain Marco Giampolo's vision for the side and to build a squad that can last for years to come, but if one name is expected to shine the brightest, it's definitely Bennacer.

The Algerian already has Serie A experience under his belt and after being named player of the tournament in the last Africa Cup of Nations ahead of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez, hopes that he'll be the answer to the Rossoneri's miseries in the middle of the park.  

9. Kostas Manolas (Roma to Napoli)

When Napoli announced the signing of Manolas, all football publications wrote about the new unbreakable pair with Kalidou Koulibaly, yet on their first two Serie A ties the duo conceded seven goals and were completely fragile at the Artemio Franchi.

The Partenopei are surely expecting great things from Hirving Lozano, but when did Napoli really struggle to score in the past few seasons? The club's real issue has always been in improving their backline and the Greek warrior is expected to fill that void.

8. Danilo (Man City to Juventus)

While tons of money have been paid to bring Matthijs de Ligt to Turin, he is still 20 years old and he's backed up by a number of top defenders, on the other hand the very fact that Juventini are not thrilled that Danilo joined their squad is enough proof that all fingers will point at the Brazilian right after his first mistake on the pitch.

Mattia De Sciglio never lived up to the standards as a full-back, Juan Cuadrado is still an experiment in that position and this forces an enormous amount of pressure on the former Manchester City player to replace Joao Cancelo. 

7. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich to Fiorentina)

Following a poor season where La Viola were battling relegation to the very last round of Serie A, American billionaire Rocco Commisso bought the club and signed a handful of players to revive the Artemio Franchi side.

Ribery is the biggest box office name to join Fiorentina, yet as the club started the season with two defeats, eyebrows are being raised on what should be expected from the French legend at 36 years of age.

6. Jony (Malaga to Lazio)

It has been over a decade since Lazio last participated in the group stages of the Champions League and if people are to pay more attention to the Biancocelesti, as Simone Inzaghi hopes, they need to raise the bar and finish in the top four.

Le Aquile are hoping new addition Jony can be the man to guide them to that promised land. The Spaniard was involved in 15 goals for Deportivo Alaves in La Liga and only Lionel Messi created more chances than him last campaign. 

5. Radja Nainggolan (Inter to Cagliari)

It has been a daunting summer for Nainggolan, with his wife's illness, getting kicked out of Inter by the Coach he rejected twice and being almost forced back to Sardinia, as no big clubs knocked on his door.

Despite all the circumstances, Ninja vowed upon rejoining Cagliari that he will do everything to prove Inter were wrong about him and assured this Rossoblu side can dare to dream.

4. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal to Juventus)

Welsh legend John Charles is not the only benchmark that Ramsey will need to live up to, as the Old Lady has been starving to find a creative, energetic box-to-box midfielder since the departure of Paul Pogba back in 2016.

Juventus fans have been frustrated by their midfield options for years now and are eager to see what the Welshman can deliver once he finally gets fit.

3. Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd to Inter)

On his last full season with Arsenal, Sanchez bagged 30 goals, yet since joining Manchester United to become the highest-paid forward in the Premier League, that number dropped to three goals in almost 20 months.

Antonio Conte is well-known for rejuvenating unwanted players, yet it will be a huge challenge for the Chilean to break into the starting line-up with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in this form.   

2. Mario Balotelli (Marseille to Brescia)

Many might wonder why Balotelli ranks so high in the list, as he is no longer the young stud with lots of potential, does not even represent a side that could fight for a European spot and has to sit out a four-match ban before he can debut.

Nonetheless this is a very personal challenge for the striker, he has returned to Italy with his hometown club and most importantly hopes he can finally convince Roberto Mancini to call him up for the Euro 2020 tournament. 

1. Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd to Inter)

Not only is the big Belgian boy the most expensive player in Internazionale's history, he is there to replace Mauro Icardi, the man that bagged over 120 goals for the Nerazzurri and was named Capocannoniere on two occasions.

Lukaku bagged goals in each of his first two Serie A fixtures and already got through the worst with Cagliari fans' racist chants, yet the true challenge is if Lukaku has what it takes to consistently deliver when it matters and finally bring silverware back to San Siro.

Have your say...
@TONY, No they just changed the title after the fact. Previously it was top 10 biggest impact. I guess the author just realized his mistake.
But even then, I still think De Ligt should be included as one of the signings with the biggest expectation. He's a 20 year old that cost 85 million euro, with salary more than 12 million net/year.
He's got very big burden on his back. And it got even worse with Chiellini's injury.
on the 5th September, 2019 at 10:21am
Everyone has missed the point of this list, it clear says;

"...identifies the 10 new signings who shoulder the biggest expectations in Serie A this season"

This list is entirely consistent from the perspective of expectation

You could argue De Ligt / Lozano are long term investments and don't shoulder anywhere near the responsibility/expectation of making an immediate impact quite as much as the names on this list -

Lukaku / Balotelli / Ribery have all been signed for IMPACT NOW
on the 4th September, 2019 at 9:47am
Naidman Hahahaha are you drunk- I mean your list was ok until i saw this- 7. Balotelli - 10+ goals guaranteed 10 goals. Hahahaha he wont accumulate 10 goals in 2 seasons. This is Serie A not France. This mans a Waste of space wish he would just go off to china and leave us in peace.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:10pm
i can see why you wouldn't be eager to see a new centre back on a list on top signings after all it is rare for them to score goals or goals which win games. Still to have manolas and not to have de ligt that is absurd.

As for sanchez no way this guy was a great in the past but has been in consistent decline even in his last arsenal days too many games too many injuries he has lost that extra bit of pace which made him unstoppable. utd are paying 8 million a season for sanchez to go away.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 5:41pm
Lozano is a huge signing for Napoli.
In the second half of last season Milik, Insigne, Mertens and Callejon scored about 3 gols between them as they all lost form.

Lozano has something none of those have in his blistering pace.

Strange list.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 5:24pm
why everyone triggered de light not there. Clearly Juve no need new center back. Sarri chasing rugani while he was at chelsea and now with de light and demiral juve has 5 CB. clearly de light addition was not needed. then chiellini injured ACL so paratici can justified buying de light if not 5 cb for 2 spots its too much.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 4:09pm
Everyone is going crazy for Sensi now. When Inter snagged his signing from Milan because we were dilly-dallying I was infuriated we lost out on him. Yet so many others were laughing and calling him average. Now everyone sees what kind of a talent the guy really is.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 4:06pm
Not Having De Ligt on this list proves that Ramez Nathan knows nothing about football - how are you still employed is beyond me !!
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 3:36pm
Provincial club indeed. Real 'top' clubs get saved by statute of limitation and the odd volcano eruption...
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 3:33pm
De Ligt... ordinary player for a provincial club
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 2:04pm
De Ligt... ordinary player for a provincial club
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 2:03pm
Weird article, the real top 10 IMO should be.

10.Leao (Young, pacey, wildcard)

9. Bennacer (Young, cheap, taltented)

8. Ribery (Raises the profile of the club)

7. Rabiot (Free, and talented)

6.Nainggolan (Top top player)

5.Manolas (great player and relatively cheap)

4.Sensi (breakout star of the season)

3.Lukaku (reliable goal scorer)

2. Lozano (Young, dynamic, and a real threat. Cheap in todays market)

1. De Ligt (Already great, potentially world class)
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 1:53pm
Top 10 that might make biggest impact. But some of the names on the list are not even going to play as starter in regular basis.
Danilo, Ramsey, Jony, Radja, Alexis out.
De Ligt has to be there, he's the most expensive signing in Italy this summer. Especially with Chiellini injured, he'd definitely make an impact, whether it's good or bad, time will tell.
Lazzari, Godin, Lozano in
I'd bet Sensi to become the biggest signing this year (value for money-wise). He'll become world class under conte.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 12:40pm
honorable mentions

Pinamonti, Nandez, Pellegrini, De Ligt, Ribery, Jony, Rebic, Manolas, Kulusevski, Traore,
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 12:36pm
My rankings below:

10. Sanchez - high risk even higher reward
9. Pedro - Gunning for Dzeko's best target man mantle
8. De Ligt - expect time to adjust
7. Balotelli - 10+ goals guaranteed
6. Lozano - banging the goals Callejon couldn't
5. Lukaku - Icardi who? And no Wanda!
4. Nainggolan - Ninja's year of redemption on a free loan
3. Demiral - defensive signing of the year
2. Bennacer - an absolute steal at that price
1. Sensi - Iniesta reborn
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 12:20pm
Not having De Ligt here is nonsense. He is a reminder of the signings Serie A sides used to make all the time 20 years ago and now almost never do.

Best signings team (for various reasons)

Lopez
Godin
De Ligt
Manolas
Mancini
Spinazzola
Sensi
Barella
Bennacer
Lozano
Lukaku

Having Sanchez, Ribery, Ramsey, and Danilo in the top 10 is a real worry. Would any of these be seen as top 10 signings in the epl or La Liga? People seem to mistake hyped "names" for talent all the time nowadays
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 12:17pm
Too early to call anything but...

Demiral probably the best transfer Juve made this summer and think there is a good chance he is the one every Juventini will be talking about end of the season instead of De Ligt. With Chiellini out for most of the season guess there will be plenty of chances for both to prove their metal.

Sensi should also be in the list as he has been fantastic since preseason and only getting better.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 12:09pm
This article is a total nuance and who ever wrote this have no clue about Italian football or football in general:

1- who the hell is Jony?? and why is he in the top 10?
2- Alexis Sanchez has been out for 2 years what makes him a good signing?
3- Mario Balotelli he is the biggest flop in Italian football history and he failed where ever he went, in the top 10 LMAO
4- De Ligt is missing tha just proves my point you have no clue about football.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:59am
Where is DeLigt? Rabiot? Lozano? Instead we get 3 average players leading the list.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:54am
It is obviously too early to judge what was a good transfer or not, from what has been seen Sensi seems promising.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:45am
This article is a total nuance and who ever wrote this have no clue about Italian football or football in general:

1- who the hell is Jony?? and why is he in the top 10?
2- Alexis Sanchez has been out for 2 years what makes him a good signing?
3- Mario Balotelli he is the biggest flop in Italian football history and he failed where ever he went, in the top 10 LMAO
4- De Ligt is missing tha just proves my point you have no clue about football.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:18am
Very strange choices. Where is Rabiot ? De Ligt ? Sensi ? Diego Godin ?
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:15am
How is Alexis here, and Sensi absent? Especially after the first 2 games, I fail to see how Sensi isn't one of our most important signings in recent years (I can even make the same argument for Barella).
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:15am
I beg to differ - Manolas is nowhere near the category of world-class defenders; he has been out of form for years now, he only seemed good compared to the other Roma centre backs. I will never forget his winner against Barcelona, but still, he is not a top defender. Maybe never was.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 11:12am
So De Ligt was number 11 or what? One bad game and the hype is already gone. I wonder what will happen when Lukaku gets to his usual 15 games without a goal streak midway through the season...
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 10:48am
Top 10 Serie A signings without Matthijs de Ligt?! Are u high or just stupid?
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 10:40am
So there is no De Ligt, the most expensive transfer
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 10:33am

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