Top 10: Controversial Transfers in Serie A
Following Gonzalo Higuain’s recent switching of allegiance from Napoli to Juventus, we decided to take you through 10 of the most controversial transfers in the history of Serie A.
Regrettably, controversy and scandal have never been too far from Italian football. Match-fixing and bribery may often tarnish the image of Serie A, but what of the players who caused anarchy simply from switching clubs?
Here are our Top 10 Controversial Transfers in Serie A.
It may not have caught the attention of too many, but the transfer of Federico Marchetti to Lazio was a long and gruelling one.
The Italian international had been Cagliari’s first choice goalkeeper until he decided to hand in a transfer request, prompting a sudden relegation to the substitutes bench. Marchetti was forced to watch on as Michael Agazzi cemented his place in the starting XI. Marchetti would have to wait until the end of the season for what he described as ‘the end of a nightmare’.
Lazio were all too happy to activate the player’s buyout clause, which exceeded €5 million. Now 33 years of age, Marchetti has made over 150 appearances for the Biancocelesti, with hopes of one day replacing Gianluigi Buffon as Italy number one.
9. Hernanes: Lazio to Inter
The Lazio fan base have frequently come into conflict with owner Claudio Lotito over the years, but the decision to sell Brazilian midfielder Hernanes caused unparalleled anger in the capital. The former Sao Paulo prodigy had been a loyal servant of Lazio, turning down multiple opportunities to leave and performing consistently well in Serie A.
When the time finally came to leave, Hernanes was seen to become very emotional in front of Lazio fans; a video that circulated quickly and fuelled hatred toward Lotito.
For all the hysteria surrounding his move to Inter, the months that followed were disappointing for Hernanes. Accused of greed by Lazio fans for supposedly being motivated by better pay away from the capital, he was eventually sold to Juventus.
8. Andrea Masiello: Bari to Atalanta
A seasoned professional and something of a dependable member of the defence for Atalanta, but should Andrea Masiello be playing at all?
The former Genoa and Juventus man spent the bulk of his professional career with Bari, where in 2011 he was embroiled in controversy for deliberately scoring an own goal in a crucial tie against rivals Lecce. Masiello would later admit to accepting €50,000 for this act, but only after securing a move to Atalanta.
Masiello was handed a suspended sentence and banned from playing the game professionally but returned to playing for the Bergamo outfit in January 2015. The decision to stand by Masiello has divided fans and drawn widespread criticism.