Wednesday July 11 2012
The transfers of Juve, Inter & Milan

While Juventus and Inter are busy strengthening on the transfer market, Milan appear to be moving slower. Luca Cetta assesses the mercato campaign to date of Serie A’s giants.

With pre-season training in full swing for most clubs the new campaign creeps ever closer. While the players are off to mountain-top retreats and engage in friendlies against local clubs, July is the time for the sporting directors to earn their money. As usual, most transfer attention is drawn towards Italy’s biggest clubs.

After conquering Serie A for the first time since Calciopoli, Juventus are eagerly anticipating their return to the Champions League. The class of 2011-12 was by no means the finished product, with Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici working extensively to add a mixture of quality and depth to the squad.

It is unclear whether any of Kwadwo Asamoah, Mauricio Isla and Sebastian Giovinco will be regular starters, but the trio, along with the experienced Brazilian Lucio, all provide that mixture and join a group ready to battle on three fronts. In Nicola Leali and the imminent arrival of Paul Pogba, Juve are also looking towards the future, but in their search for a striker, the Bianconeri seek a big-name reinforcement.

The potential crown jewel signing has seen a number of players linked, with Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko constants. The majority of the remaining transfer kitty will be utilised to secure their desired acquisition. Any arrival may signal the departure of a current striker, with Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella mentioned. Juve will also look to raise funds from the sales of Felipe Melo, Milos Krasic and Reto Ziegler, in addition to the already-sold Eljero Elia.

Following a disastrous three-Coach season, Inter have set about rebuilding on two fronts. In order to accomplish this numerous high-earning older stars have been moved on, aiding the rejuvenation process on the field as well as financially, with a significant saving already made slashing wages as financial fair play looms.

Lucio, Ivan Cordoba – now part of the staff – Goran Pandev and Diego Forlan are gone, with Dejan Stankovic and Julio Cesar expected to follow. Rumours also surround the future of Douglas Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Giampaolo Pazzini. The latter has expressed a desire to leave, but President Massimo Moratti refuted the claim.

With their minimum aim to qualify for the Champions League, Inter have wasted no time in replenishing the ranks. Highly-rated Samir Handanovic is their new custodian, while Matias Silvestre joins after a solid season at Palermo. Rodrigo Palacio – 19 goals in 2011-12 – is a versatile and clinical finisher, critical given only Diego Milito reached double figures last season. Mattia Destro is another striker linked with the Nerazzurri after a fine season at Siena. Inter will also look to sign Andrea Poli on a permanent basis from Sampdoria and also welcome back from loan spells Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Jonathan.

They have also waved goodbye to a number of veterans in the red half of Milan, as the Rossoneri look to go one better than last season. The nucleus of the first XI largely remains, but Milan have lost a high quantity of experienced campaigners in one hit. The average age of the squad is now just over 27. Talk at this time of the year is often contradictory, with Adriano Galliani declaring Milan’s window already closed. However, he admits to being unsure what will happen come August 31.

Like Inter, there are financial concerns at Milanello – to which Galliani has acknowledged – and this ensures Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite their status as key components of the squad, have been subject to transfer speculation.

Money spent has so far been minimal. Kevin Constant is a loan signing from Genoa and Bakaye Traore a free transfer, yet another Bosman signing in Riccardo Montolivo could provide the craft to supplement Massimiliano Allegri’s midfield grit. Working under the tutelage of Silva is 23-year-old Francesco Acerbi, a player rated as a future Azzurri prospect but with just half a season of Serie A football under his belt, last term at Chievo.

La Gazzetta dello Sport ran a poll this week asking which team has reinforced best. The result resoundingly favoured the Bianconeri. Of the three, Juve were way out in front on 52 per cent, with Inter claiming 17 per cent of the vote and Milan 14 per cent. It reflects the opening to the window in which the Old Lady looks to be notably strengthening, Inter accepting the need for change and Milan attempting to stay in touch.

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Have your say...
I'm a huge Milan fan but I must admit that Juventus looks exceptional this season. I'm hoping we can start developing some younger players this season and use it as an opportunity to start building a team for the future.
on the 24th July, 2012 at 6:28am
Juve having an almost perfect market campaign. Only regret is having missed out on Verratti. Could try to sign Poli - as Pirlo substitute over time. Armero and Jovetic would be great enforcements. Would think of switching to 3-4-2-1 tactic for the bianconeri as well as for the azzurri:



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on the 17th July, 2012 at 6:41pm
Yeah, Juve is stronger than ever, even strong enough for the champions league fronts, strong in every department, not to talk of obtaining a Jovetic again after Armero, they might be unstoppable in the serie A
AC Milan may spring out suprise as long as they retain their key player Thiago Silva, the key is to play 3 CMs that can run around for hours
Inter still not compact enough in midfield, but I can see Coutinho, like the waterfall that springs a new beginning for Inter
on the 14th July, 2012 at 11:43am
I think the contenders will be between Juve and Inter. Juve just need top striker and left wing midfielder while Palacio which i believe will be clinical for Inter. Armero and Cavani/Suarez will make Juve the strongest team in Italy and main contenders for UCL. Milan will absolutely struggle if they cannot find replacement for Ibra and Silva. What a stupid decision to sell Silva. Huge mistakes. Juve will win Serie-A and reach Semis UCL.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 3:15am
I've been impressed by the calcio mercato so far for Juventus, who have strengthened in an organised manner.
Lucio, Asamoah, Isla and Paul Pogba all look to be interesting buys, and the return of Giovinco will aid the attack.
A world-class striker is a necessity, however, and I can't imagine Juve coping particularly well in the CL as well as SERIE A wihout one. My choice would be Cavani, but they will probably have to pay over-the-odds to land him.
IF Juve strike gold then watch out everyone!!!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:34pm
Juve are nailed on for the title. If Milan sell Ibra and Silva they will struggle to finish top 5, let alone be contenders. And if Inter think they can build their attack around an Argentine who barely makes their top 10 strikers they are in for a big surprise, what a turnaround for a team that not long ago had the cream of World football playing upfront like Ronaldo, Vieri, Adriano, Eto'o. How they have fallen...
on the 12th July, 2012 at 8:30pm
Juve we ar very strong for serie A, we only need to strenghten our squard for CL, a prolific strker like E .cavani
on the 12th July, 2012 at 2:45pm

" I'll take the Juve squad of unity (and mostly Italian) over your foreign individuals. Oh and Ronaldo???"

Ronaldo was a miss print. Who cares if their Foreign. Typical Italian mentality. If they play for another team you get upset. If they play for your team. You adore them. Do you want to be entertained or whine about people's heritage. It just happens to be that some of our best players are not from Italy. Even tho we have players that are from Italy. Abate, Cassano, etc
on the 12th July, 2012 at 2:22pm
milan are still 1 of the best italian and european teams.although the lack of transfers they still have the best defender in the world thiago silva and the center forward ibra with the great kevin prince boateng and the new signed montolivo and hopingly lassana diara they will have 1 of the toughest squads in the world.accordingly to juve they have the best goalkeeper gigi buffon and the best midfielder pirlo with the help of vidal and marchisio and the join of isla and asamoah thy need offense
on the 12th July, 2012 at 12:26pm
I'm a Juve fan and am glad that Giovinco has returned. I have high hopes for Pogba although I'm not convinced he'll be used much due to Juve's reluctance to use youth regularly.

Asamoah and Isla give the squad depth & Lucio is reliable cover in defence I guess, but unless they buy a big name striker I can't help but feel a little dissapointed in this transfer campaign.

Moggi is a slug but I can't disagree with his claim that had he had the money Marotta had, we would have won 3 Scudetti by now
on the 12th July, 2012 at 10:56am
Juve have strenghtened their squad but not the team.
Inter seem to maybe have a plan in their transfers once againafter Mourinho left.
Milan havent done to much, but they have a strong squad and mainly need a new coach not new players.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 10:03am
I love juve, but they really struggle to sell players they dont want anymore, pazzini is ok but is he any better than what we have already, shouldnt we buy leandro damiao or find a gem of striker who isnt well known, juve seem to go for well known players instead of giving some youngsters a chance. immobile scored so many goals last season and what do they do, sell half of him to genoa, if they buy him back they will have to pay more than what they sold him for, so why not just give him a chance
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:52am
I think so far juve has made the best moves both as far as spending and quality of players I think we can definitely win another serie a next year if everything stays as is and if we get a super striker we would be in a very good position for CL too.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:36am
@Viktor, so you blame Milans season on injuries? You know Juve had even more than you 2 seasons running right? Thankfully they addressed it and worked HARDER than Milan this year to achieve first place. Juve BEAT every 'big' club in the league whereas you did not. You may brace yourself for what is coming this season and give credit to those who succeeded instead of sounding bitter. I'll take the Juve squad of unity (and mostly Italian) over your foreign individuals. Oh and Ronaldo???
on the 12th July, 2012 at 8:16am
We Italian clubs need not only to strengthen from transfers... But give the youth players a chance.... Destro is a fine example for inter.... Just play them!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:49am
intermilan has already started in restructuring inter but massimo moratti need to give inter fan something to cheer if he want inter ti be a force to recognize come next season by putting all effect to secure the services of LUCAS MOURA that kid is a wonder, we need him in our come season...............forza inter
on the 12th July, 2012 at 4:31am
It's no coincidence that since Andrea Agnelli became President Juventus have become stronger with every transfer window. Sure there have been some mistakes like Motta and Martinez, but players like that have been quickly moved out of the first team picture. We have bought very well so far this summer and also extended the contracts of several squad members so the future looks solid. While we strengthen, Milan are doing the opposite and will be crippled if Ibra and Thiago Silva sign for PSG.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 3:52am
I agreed with P. Maldini that ACM is strong enough to compete in Scudetto and Champions League.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 2:57am
Another point. As much as I admire van Persie I don't think calcio would suit... We need a finisher.. So I would love dzeko or higuin to join. Especially because I think they have charecters that would sacrifice for the team not a glory hunter like ibra
on the 12th July, 2012 at 12:59am
Very impressed by juve, surprised by inter (they are moving well for a change) and not surprised with Milan.. Galiani will wave Ibra and silva infront of Psg then on August 31 will announce that they are staying and make it seem like it was the achievement of the year..
I want to c Lazio and Roma reinforce and firentina and Parma purchase some interesting youngsters. A strong seria A is needed calcio needs to be greatest again. Forza juve
on the 12th July, 2012 at 12:56am
ofcourse Milan will be contenders this season.....were talking about them arnt we

Great to see them get rid of so many old players and hope they will clean out Ibra and Silva. Ibra did alot for Milan last season but he is getting a bit stale at Milan and needs a new team. Milan need to bring youth and spirit through
on the 12th July, 2012 at 12:01am
What a fair rating!
I think Milan already gave in, and the club doesn‘t want to waste its resource knowing they can only compete for securing EUROPA ticket not the secodeto. Forza JUVE
on the 11th July, 2012 at 10:54pm
One question, barca wr second last yea, hw many playaz hv they bought so far?
on the 11th July, 2012 at 10:24pm
Juve were the best last season and have strengthened in all areas except for a top class finisher.Should La Signora sign a top finisher the rest will trail in our wake.The true order of Serie A is now restored.
on the 11th July, 2012 at 8:51pm

You seem to know even less about the ACM squad. Which "Ronaldo" are you referring to, that you so confidently claim plays for milan?
I am very happy with signings made so far by Juve. They add great depth to the squad which will help the team during the later stages of all competitions. What we still need is a quality left back (someone like lichty but on the left) and a world class striker. I hope that we either get Cavani or Jovetic. Both young, deadly, and proven in Serie A and CL
on the 11th July, 2012 at 8:48pm
So far it is hard to say any of the three have strengthened that much. The signings of Isla to Juve and Palacio to Inter look the two signing that could be picked out as strengthening their sides. Milan look weaker than last year. It will be interesting to see if Montolivo works out well.
on the 11th July, 2012 at 8:42pm
Really hoping Juve land a world class CF. Hoping that it is Cavani. However, if non comes, I'd rather they keep Matri than sign Pazzini as has been reported.
on the 11th July, 2012 at 8:37pm
Juventus looks strong to be fair. I am disappointed that Milan didn't sign any strong left back and another strong center back because I don't think neither Mexes nor Acerbi is of Milan standard.I don't know much about Inter but I know that Serie A will come back very strong in the next few years especially after the Azzurri show in Euro 2012. Also, For Serie A clubs to compete at high levels they should start having their own stadiums like in England and Spain - well done Juventus for that
on the 11th July, 2012 at 6:43pm
Juve have greatly deepened the strength in our squad but we still lack a clinical finisher! Forza Juve!
on the 11th July, 2012 at 5:43pm
I just hope that Juventus would be a big threat in the Champions League like Italy were at the Euros. Juventus still need to get a great Left-back defender and young defenders as under-study. I also hope that there wont be many injuries throughout the campaign.
on the 11th July, 2012 at 5:11pm

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