From Verratti to Eto’o: Crucial deals Serie A missed
Italian football can look back on a memorable summer of business conducted in the transfer market.
Imports comprising the likes of Carlos Tevez, Mario Gomez, Kevin Strootman, Gonzalo Higuain and Kaka need no introduction. Some of these luminaries have arrived to propel their employers into the topmost echelons of Serie A, while others join up to consolidate their team’s place at the pinnacle.
Unfortunately, not every signing envisioned had a chance of being completed by the time deadline day rolled around last Monday. While certain deals catapult expectations, the failure to conclude others strips away enthusiasm, with clubs left to weigh their ambitions again as they prepare to undertake the long campaign ahead.
After a particularly hectic and even topsy-turvy market that smacks of unfinished business, Forza Italian Football rounds up the biggest signings that got away.