In the previous summer transfer window, Italian clubs’ spending reached 742.2 million euros. Although this is not a record when compared to the Premier League and other European leagues, it highlights the strides Italy’s top flight has made in terms of cash flow and its ability to attract young talents.
Given the 2022/23 Serie A season is nearly one-third of the way complete—we have enough of a sample size to know which deals have gone as predicted or those that took many by surprise.
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So let’s go back in time to this past summer and see which transfer deals have worked out the best so far this season.
Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced the signing of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia on July 1st in a deal that would cost the Partenopei around €10 million.
Since arriving in Campania, the 21 year-old Georgian international has taken Serie A by storm after several scintillating performances in his early spell.
He quickly won a place in manager Luciano Spalletti’s preferred starting formation—rounding out the team’s attack on the left wing along with Victor Osimhen and Hirving Lozano.
Kvaratskhelia has tallied an incredible 8 goals and 10 assists in 18 appearances across all competitions so far this season. His early performances have caught the attention of several clubs including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, and Real Madrid.
Following his nine-months long ban for having ingested a banned substance, Onana opted to end his seven and a half year tenure at Ajax in order to move to Inter on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old penned a five-year deal with the club and was widely viewed as the perfect heir to aging captain Samir Handanovic.
He initially began the season as a backup to the Slovenian, playing sparingly thru the first two months. However, after the Nerazzurri’s home defeat versus Roma in early October, Simone Inzaghi handed him the reins to the first choice role and he hasn’t looked back.
Roma shocked the Italian football landscape when in mid-July they announced Paulo Dybala would join the club on a free transfer from Juventus.
The Argentine penned a three-year contract and was given a hero’s welcome during his unveiling in late July. After a turbulent final season in Turin, Dybala has rediscovered his confidence in the Italian capital playing under Jose Mourinho.
The attacker has carried the Giallorossi’s struggling attack this season, achieving 5 goals and 2 assists in 8 league appearances.
Like their in-city rivals, Lazio also struck transfer gold this summer in a much-needed position.
After a turbulent season in goal between Thomas Strakosha and Pepe Reina, Maurizio Sarri’s side was on the hunt for a new goalkeeper before hitting the jackpot in the form of Ivan Provedel.
The Italian joined the Biancocelesti on a five-year deal from Spezia for a fee of only €2.5 million in early August.
Through 12 rounds, Provedel leads Serie A with 7 clean sheets: two more than the next closest.
The summer transfer market witnessed a lot of surprises. Now, many will be watching to see if some of the new arrivals that have starred in the early part of Serie A can carry that form in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.