Strikers are definitely in fashion this season in Serie A.
Several big players have made the move to Italy this summer, with each of last years top 4 bringing in frontmen to add to their firepower.
This summer’s biggest spenders were Napoli, who under new manager Rafael Benitez have revamped their squad after the notable departure of Edison Cavani. The €65 million PSG paid for Cavani has been put straight back into the team however, with the signings of attacking players Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon ( both Real Madrid ) and Dries Mertens ( PSV ) Benitez has done his best to fill the Cavani sized hole in his attack. The loan signing of keeper Pepe Reina ( Liverpool ) is also a strong short term addition to the team as Napoli attempt to improve upon last seasons 2nd place finish and put in a strong showing in the Champions League.
Champions Juventus have also invested in their front line by signing Fernando Llorente ( Athletic Bilboa ) and Carlos Tevez ( Manchester City ). The transfer of Llorente was agreed months before the window opened after the Spanish forward decided against renewing his contract, but the €12 million capture of Tevez is the first marquee signing Juventus have made since re-establishing themselves as a strong European power. Juventus have also added to their solid defence by signing 25 year old Italian centre back Angelo Ogbonna from local rivals Torino.
Meanwhile in Florence, Fiorentina have replaced Manchester City bound striker Stefan Jovetic by signing German international Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich. Gomez won the treble with Bayern last term, but Mario Mandzukic was the first choice striker after Gomez suffered injuries earlier in the season. Gomez joins Italian forward Guiseppe Rossi who returns to Italy after a stint in Spain, who will attempt to get back into the national side for the first time since his last selection in 2010.
Milan also lured a player back to Italy from Spain as Brazilian star Kaka returned to Milan from Real Madrid. Kaka played for Milan for six seasons and became of one of the worlds best players, winning the Champions League and Ballon D’Or in 2007, but he could not repeat the same scintillating form at Madrid after moving for €65 million in 2009. Kaka’s achievements at Milan have not been forgotten, and he received a hero’s welcome on his return to the San Siro. Now 31 and signing on a free, Kaka has little pressure on his second spell at Milan but what an exciting attack they could have if the Brazilian playmaker develops an understanding with Italian stars Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Finally in the capital, both Rome clubs have signed exciting young centre midfielders. Roma have singed 23 year old Kevin Strootman from PSV for €17 million. The Dutchman, tipped to be a potential future captain of the national side, was also linked to Manchester United this summer. Meanwhile in the sky blue part of the city, Lazio have signed 20 year old Brazilian Felipe Anderson from Santos. The midfielder cost Lazio €8 million and he is also tipped to be a future star for his national side, having made several appearances for the under 20s.
The worrying thing for the smaller teams in Serie A is that the big teams are getting stronger. Although its early in the season and it will take time for the new arrivals to gel into their new surroundings, the top 6 is currently occupied by Roma, Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Milan proving that in Italy the big teams are certainly dominating.