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Mid-Term Transfer Watch: Serie A

  • Mid-Term Transfer Watch: Serie A

As the European Transfer Window approaches its halfway mark for the Summer, I decided to take a look at a few of the biggest done deals in the Serie A thus far.

Carlos Bacca to AC Milan:

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The Colombian international joins the Rossoneri after two largely successful seasons with Sevilla. In that time, the 28 year-old managed 34 goals in his 71 league appearances and proved instrumental in Unai Emery's men achieving back-to-back Europa League success.

Despite finishing the season in 10th place, their lowest league placing since the 1996/97 season, Milan's signing of Bacca demonstrates revitalised ambition ahead of the new season. The injection of funds afforded to the club by Thai businessman and shareholder Bee Taechaubol has been a key factor in the Diavolo successfully fighting off the likes of Liverpool in order to secure their €30m (45m AUD) man.

While the length of Bacca's contract remains undisclosed, many Milan fans will be eager to see their top signing hit the ground running alongside fellow forward and Summer signing, Luiz Adriano. Although the Scudetto may be out of the question for Sinisa Mihajlovic in the coming season, a top-three finish and subsequent UEFA Champions League football will definitely be the key objective.

Paulo Dybala to Juventus:

As Carlos Tevez returns to Boca Juniors, the apparent heir to his throne arrives in the form of Dybala. The 21 year-old joins the Old Lady after a stellar campaign with Palermo that saw the attacker net on 13 occasions. The young Argentine turned many heads throughout last season after his valuable combination of skill and speed left many opposing defences for dead.

Dybala's close dribbling and ability to glide past players unscathed possesses the characteristics of one Lionel Messi and, if the Barcelona star is anything to go by, the best appears yet to come. The five-year deal with Juventus has been set around the €32m (47.5m AUD) mark with potential increases of up to €8m should the player meet performance criteria.

Juventus will approach the coming season aiming to secure their fifth consecutive Scudetto and second under Massimiliano Allegri. As a result, the addition of Dybala alongside the high profile signatures of Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza could spell further domestic dominance for the Bianconeri.

Geoffrey Kondogbia to Inter Milan:

Currently regarded as one of the best young midfielders in world football, Geoffrey Kondogbia attracted plenty of interest over the summer as a result of his dominating defensive midfield performances for Monaco. But amongst all potential suitors it was Inter Milan who managed to seal a deal reportedly worth around a fee of €35m (52m AUD).

The 22 year-old's decision to join the Nerazzurri came after he had apparently backed out of an already agreed deal with fierce cross-town rivals, AC Milan. Nevertheless, the acquisition of Kondogbia to Mancini's Inter outfit will no doubt add greater depth to a midfield that largely underperformed last season.

The French international tops the list of new arrivals featuring the likes of Joao Miranda, Jonathan Biabiany and Martin Montoya as the club aim to reach a UEFA Champions League berth and improve on last season's disappointing eighth-placed finish.

With the aforementioned deals having already come to pass, and a month of transfer activity still on its way, there may yet be a couple more big name arrivals on their way to Italy's top-flight.

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