Roma the winners of transfer deadline day

It has been a tough summer for calcio. Some genuine stars have left the peninsula while it has been a real battle for clubs to replace them. Club finances, or lack of, have been a major reason for this. Even Roma, who are now chaired by American Thomas Di Benedetto and are well provided for by his own personal funds, struggled to attain their number one targets.
However, there was much success on the final day of the transfer window and the Giallorossi were perhaps most successful of all Italian clubs.
Up until the final day of the transfer window, the capital club had managed to only land Erik Lamela, Bojan Krkic, Maarten Stekelenburg, Gabriel Heinze, Jose Angel and Pablo Osvaldo. Though there is some great potential and experience within this group of players, they would hardly have been enough to help the club embark on a journey back to the summit of the national game, as is promised by their new President. In addition, two key players in the meantime departed, Phillipe Mexes went to Milan while Mirko Vucinic ventured to Turin.
But, by the end of D-Day, the club from the capital did pull off four key signings. Argentine international Fernando Gago was captured on loan from Real Madrid as was Simon Kjaer who arrives from Wolfsburg. Promising young Bosnian, Miralem Pjanic was bought outright. A player who knows how to both score and create goals, he could prove a hit at the Stadio Olimpico. Lastly, young Italian and former Chelsea player, Fabio Borini, was signed on a one year loan deal.
While the addition of these four players arguably makes i lupi the most successful Italian club of the last day of the transfer window, there were other clubs that will be happy with their day’s work too.
Inter may have let Samuel Eto’o leave, however, they partly made up for the loss of the Cameroonian by bringing in Diego Forlan and Mauro Zarate. Juraj Kucka and promising youngster, Lorenzo Tassi, who some have labelled the ‘new Roberto Baggio’, have also been added to the squad at Gian Piero Gasperini’s disposal.
Juventus have perhaps added the finishing piece to the team Antonio Conte has been constructing with their signing of Eljero Elia. The Dutchman may not have initially wanted the move, however, his presence on the wing means that along with Milos Krasic the Old Lady will be extremely dangerous down the flanks. The Turin giants have been the busiest of all clubs this summer after adding no less than ten new players to their squad while making permanent the moves of Simone Pepe, Marco Motta, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri.
Atalanta managed two decent signings that will serve them well in their bid to retain top flight status. Matteo Brighi and Luca Cigarini, two Italian midfielders that once so much was expected of, have arrived and their quality will be crucial to helping the club stave of relegation.
Another club that will be fighting to stay in Serie A is Lecce. The Southern outfit barely avoided the drop last term, however, their final day dealings will greatly help their cause. Veteran Massimo Oddo was plucked from Milan while Manuel Giandonato and Cristian Pasquato – two promising young Italian players – were both taken from Juventus.
Many Milan fans expected their club to pull off another major coup on D-Day of the transfer market. However, unlike last year when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was landed in the final hours, they will have to content themselves with Antonio Nocerino who has come in to replace long absentee Mathieu Flamini. In the end, the proverbial Mr. X never did materialise and so the mystery concludes unresolved.
Though this summer has not been kind to Italian football, with more big name departures than those that came in, the final day of the transfer window was a flourishing finish. Names like Elia, Forlan and Gago were brought to the Serie A to add to earlier notable signings Arturo Vidal, Ricky Alvarez and Bojan.
The balance of power has rested in Milan in recent times. Inter ruled in the post-Calciopoli era before losing their domestic crown to the Rossoneri last term. However, after some good business in the marcato both Roma and Juventus will be doing their best to alter the balance which will make for an intriguing Serie A season, once it finally kicks off.

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