While the transfer window closes in the Premier League next Thursday, we have another four weeks of rumors, deals, plusvalenza calculations to go in Serie A. What do the top teams need to address in the final third of the Mercato? Let’s take a look by asking a key question for each
Do Lazio have to sell Milinkovic Savic?
Say what you will about Claudio Lotito, but he certainly likes to handle transfer business on his terms. Sending Milan Badelj back to Fiorentina after previously signing him on a Bosman after his contract with Tuscan club expired is just his latest coup. Lotito’s ability to sell well, and find cheap and outstanding replacements for his stars, have ensured that Lazio have no Financial Fair Play concerns or even any significant debt.
For this reason, Lazio would be happy to keep the Serbian international at least through next January. But even though Milinkovic Savic’s main suitor Manchester United have only 5 more days to sign him, he could also be a target for Paris St Germain who have until end of August to strike a deal. Should Lazio be able to retain the Sergeant, they would be in great position to challenge for a Champions League spot considering that Vavro should improve their defense and Lazzari has shown in preseason why so many saw him a perfect fit for Simone Inzaghi.
Should Juventus fans panic?
Although the Moise Kean sale would probably look a bit better had the De Ligt signing been completed after it since it was done partly to finance the enormous expense of acquiring the Dutch defender, losing the teenager is a tough blow on the pitch no matter how big the plusvalenza. Still, things could get considerably worse on Juventus Twitter should the Cancelo for Danilo + cash deal go through (which looks very likely) as well as the Dybala “sacrifice” to acquire Lukaku.
While there are off-field and financial issues behind the desire to move Cancelo, Juventus would not only lose one of their best performers from last season, they would also considerably improve another contender for the Champions League (which at least isn’t a concern with Dybala in the short term).
Certainly there are reasons for concern when you look at the considerable talent potentially leaving Turin this summer, but Fabio Paratici has also added significant talent with De Ligt, Demiral, Ramsey and Rabiot- ultimately Juventus will probably go as far as their two new midfielders can take them because -at least with Maurizio Sarri on the bench- Juve won’t have to rely so much on an attacking right back to bring most of the creativity.
Can Napoli and Inter finally bolster their attack?
So far the likes of Lukaku, Dzeko, James Rodriguez and Lozano have yet to arrive which has left a very sour taste in the team’s fan bases. But when you look at Inter’s and Napoli’s moves so far the teams are certainly improved, especially on defense since they acquired Godin (who did suffer a minor injury) and Manolas respectively.
Napoli went through a very stressful negotiation with Mino Raiola for Kostas Manolas so it remains to be seen if that will carry over in a potential move for Lozano, who is more likely to leave PSV after the Dutch club failed to qualify for the Champions League. De Laurentiis is also hoping he can convince Real Madrid and James Rodriguez to accept a loan with option to buy deal- a formula which at the moment neither party is excited by. While haven’t been any confirmations on the reports of Napoli offering Milik to Manchester United for Lukaku, could the Polish striker be in play for a potential swap deal should Mauro Icardi agree to play close to the Amalfi coast?
Inter are monitoring the Dybala/Lukaku situation- they want to be ready to bounce for either player should the Juventus striker fail to agree to terms with Manchester United. Lukaku would be more than happy to play for Conte and maybe Dybala would look at them in a more positive light now that Juventus has made it clear they do not see him as an important part of their futures.
The Nerazzurri continue to pursue both Edin Dzeko and Ante Rebic as alternatives to Lukaku- their acquisitions wouldn’t be mutually exclusive and would give Conte different options to play alongside Lautaro Martinez.
How will Atalanta replace Mancini?
The Bergamaschi have had an outstanding window by adding Luis Muriel, Malinovskyi and retaining Pasalic. While there were concerns they would move their top performers, the only starter they sold is center back Gianluca Mancini to Roma.
Atalanta are considering some options abroad with Sevilla’s Sergi Gomez and Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Ayhan, they could go with an internal solution by moving Hateboer to center back or giving a chance Roger Ibanez (who arrived from Fluminese last January) or Marco Varnier who tore his ACL last summer after arriving from Cittadella as Caldara’s replacement.
Will Milan have to sacrifice Frank Kessie’?
Donnarumma’s decision to stay and potentially extend his contract and the inability to find a team willing to pay Suso’s exit clause of 40 million, may force Milan to sacrifice Kessie’. The Ivorian midfielder was a much more logical fit playing for Gattuso than in Giampaolo’s ball possession system and he could net a pretty big plusvalenza since he has suitors in the Premier League- particularly Wolverhampton.
Time is a factor in this potential deal since the transfer window in the Premier League closes on Thursday, but Milan would at least have almost a full month to reinvest the Kessie funds on Angel Correa.