We are at the half way point of the summer transfer window in Serie A and while all the top clubs have already made some significant additions, the focus now needs to shift a bit on getting rid of some expandable players to lower the wage bill and raise funds to make some further acquisitions.
Let’s take a look at which players could be sold in the coming weeks for each of the top clubs, these aren’t top targets for other teams like Milinkovic Savic or Joao Cancelo, but rather players clubs would be more than happy to get rid of, but as they say one man’s trash can be another’s treasure
Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic, Mattia Perin
Despite the arrival of the manager who got the most out of him in Maurizio Sarri, Juventus are determined to find a team willing to pay Higuain’s enormous salary and cover his amortized value for the 2019/20 season (even better if someone is willing to do that until the end of his contract in June of 2021). West Ham are interested and Roma would take him in a heart beat to replace Edin Dzeko.
Allegri’s departure ensured that two of his favorite players, Khedira and Mandzukic, would also be on their way out despite the fact they both signed extensions less than a year ago. Khedira has been linked to Fenerbahce while Mandzukic could return to the Bundesliga.
Buffon’s surprising return to Turin was the final blow on a devastating stretch for Mattia Perin. The former Genoa keeper never seriously challenged Woj Szczesny for the starting job, which also caused him to fall behind Cragno and even Meret in the pecking order for the Italian national team. With no logical destinations left in Serie A for him next season, Perin will likely try to get his career back on track at Benfica.
Simone Verdi, Elseid Hysaj
The former Bologna attacker is coming off a disappointing first season under the Vesuvius. He had previously decided not to join the club when Maurizio Sarri was at the helm since he knew there would be a significant lack of rotation, but things didn’t go much better with Carlo Ancelotti. Verdi could find himself at Torino or another mid table club where he can play regularly.
Last season Hysaj fell behind Malcuit and even Maksimovic on the depth chart at right back and while he had been linked to Manchester United at the beginning of the transfer window, he will likely have to settle for a less glamorous destination.
Miranda, Joao Mario, Borja Valero, Mauro Icardi
Miranda had already complained with his lack of consistent playing time last season and now with Diego Godin’s arrival, he’ll certainly leave Milano this summer. Now that Inter acquired Lazaro to be the starting right wing back, D’Ambrosio can be a backup that can also be used as a center back in Conte’s back line- plus we know Conte held Ranocchia in high regard when he was playing for Bari.
With Niccolo’ Barella and Stefano Sensi’s arrivals, Inter will look to shed both Joao Mario and Borja Valero which would save them significantly on salaries. The Portuguese international has been linked to Monaco while the Spaniard could head back to Fiorentina.
Icardi is such a complicated situation that he deserves his own article, but he was recently excused from the rest of Inter’s summer retreat.
Diego Laxalt, Fabio Borini, Lucas Biglia
Even before Paolo Maldini returned to the club as a director, the rossoneri have had a fascination with left backs. So it was not completely surprising to see them make their first significant investment of the summer on Theo Hernandez which all but guarantees either Diego Laxalt, who would be a superb fit playing for Gasperini at Atalanta, or Ricardo Rodriguez who could bring in a decent plusvalenza.
Milan have repeatedly tried to include Lucas Biglia in a potential deal with Fiorentina for Jordan Veretout, but the Viola have balked at idea of taking over his substantial salary. Getting a team to pay him 3.5 million after taxes for the coming season won’t be easy and the same can be said with Borini’s 2.5 million figure.
Steven N’Zonzi, one out of Alessandro Florenzi, Nick Karsdorp or Aleksander Kolarov
The recent acquisitions of Amadou Diawara and Leonardo Spinazzola, who expect to have substantial roles under new manager Fonseca, have made a few players expandable- including a World Cup champion and the team’s captain.
N’Zonzi never really adapted to Serie A and could head back to France, while Florenzi’s significant salary makes him a prime candidate to leave. Kolarov has been heavily linked to a move to Turkey as well as Inter but could be used a center back next season following Manolas and Marcano’s departures.