The last few weeks of the summer transfer market always deserve some attention due to unexpected transfers, both concerning top players and bargain deals. In the last few years, during the final stages of the transfer window, Italian supporters have become used to seeing top players leaving rather than arriving in their league. The last three Serie A top scorers have all left the Italian championship after winning the Serie A golden boot award. Zlatan Ibrahimovic went to Paris Saint-Germain three years ago, Edinson Cavani went down the same path last year, while Ciro Immobile recently joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.
Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Javier Pastore and Stevan Jovetic are examples of other players that said arrivederci to Serie A in order to play in more spectacular and remunerative leagues. Like past seasons, many Serie A top players have been linked to other European giants. However as of now, the Mario Balotelli deal notwithstanding, no one major has left the Italian championship yet. Although this transfer season has not been as exciting as most, let’s look at the top five Serie A players likely to leave the League before the summer transfer window closes.
1. JUAN CUADRADO
The Colombian winger at Fiorentina played an unbelievable World Cup, leaving him as one of the best Colombian players after James Rodriguez, who recently joined Real Madrid for €80m. The transfer value of the 26 year old winger is slightly less expensive, but still far from being inexpensive. Manchester United and Barcelona are ready to pay €50m for him and the Viola president Andrea Della Valle has recently declared that “it will be very difficult to have Juan Cuadrado with us next year”.
2. MEHDI BENATIA
Another player who made a big difference last year. He is captain of the Moroccan National team and last year he played nearly every match under Rudi Garcia and scored 5 goals in 37 appearances. He is a complete full back, very capable in headers, but also very fast. The AS Roma central defender has been linked with many Premier League top teams, although both president Pallotta and manager Rudi Garcia have always claimed that he won’t move from Rome. Walter Sabatini, AS Roma sportive director has declared at the beginning of summer that his value is more than €60m, but the Giallorossi might negotiate his transfer starting from a price of €40m. It is believed that a €38m offer from Chelsea is imminent.
3. MATTIA DESTRO
The Italian striker had an amazing comeback last January, scoring 13 goals in 20 matches, eventually becoming Roma top scorer. The 22 year old striker was called up by Cesare Prandelli in the initial 30-men list before the World Cup, but was cut once the former Italian manager had to choose the final 23-man roster. He is on Rudi Garcia’s plan for next year, but he could leave, teaming up with Ciro Immobile in the Bundesliga, as Wolsfburg are ready to offer €25m for him.
4. ALESSIO CERCI
The 27-year old striker can cover many roles up front. He can be a winger as well as a support striker. Thanks to his 13 goals and 12 assists in the last 37 Serie A matches, he received the call of Cesare Prandelli in the last World Cup, even though he just played 30 minutes against Costa Rica. The Torino winger could leave his mentor and manager Giampiero Ventura for €20m. He is on Atletico Madrid’s target list. Even if he could stay in Serie A, AC Milan will try to sign him to have him in the roster.