[Serie A] Mercato Rating for All Clubs

September 04, 2023

The transfer market session for the 23/24 season has recently concluded, and it has been one of the most tumultuous in Italian football history. With last-minute deals, never-ending dramas, and the introduction of the wealthy Saudi Pro League, the overall outcome is positive: renowned players have joined Serie A, reducing the gap between the top teams in our league and the elite clubs of Europe.

Now is the opportune moment to reflect and evaluate which Serie A football clubs have performed exceptionally, which ones have exceeded expectations, and which ones, conversely, have fallen short. Without further ado, presenting a comprehensive report on the transfers made during the summer of the 23/24 season in Serie A.

Atalanta: 7

It is a foregone conclusion that the sale of their most valuable player, primarily Hojlund, is unavoidable. The striker, who was the central figure of the team last season, was pursued aggressively by Manchester United. When faced with comparable offers, the Goddess could not refuse: the Dane's transfer would bring in 75 million euros for the pocket of Atalanta. The sales of Demiral and Boga were both remarkable: Al-Ahli purchased Demiral for 25 million, while Nice procured Boga for 18 million. Although their exits were excellent, the entrance market is a risky venture. The club has taken a gamble on Scamacca, El Bilal Touré, and De Ketelaere. Ultimately, only time and the prudent guidance of Gasperini will determine whether Atalanta made the right choices.

Bologna: 7

The club has made considerable efforts to provide Thiago Motta with a competitive team capable of achieving significant goals. Although the departures of Dominguez, Schouten, and Arnautovic may have required better replacement options, the team managed to secure a major transfer success by retaining the highly-valued players Ferguson and Orsolini. Together, they form the core of the team, supported by the additional signings of Karlsson, Saelemaekers, and Freuler.

Cagliari: 6.5

Cagliari's transfer activity this season has been marked by selectivity and astute acquisitions. The signings of Jankto, Shomurodov, and Petagna suggest that the club is committed to fighting for survival in their league. Their strategy is to move beyond simple ball distribution and focus on producing goals while playing an attractive and convincing style of football, all of which is guided by the tactical vision of head coach Claudio Ranieri.

Empoli: 5

The departures of key players Vicario, Asllani, Parisi, and Bajrami have left a noticeable void. Unfortunately, the club has failed to properly reinvest the profits made from their sales. While the acquisitions of promising young talents such as Cancellieri and S. Bastoni were well-executed, they alone are insufficient. The defensive department has only seen the additions of Pezzella, Bereszynski, and Berisha. Regrettably, this is an inadequate amount.

Fiorentina: 7

Fiorentina has suffered the loss of crucial players, including Cabral to Benfica, Amrabat to Man. Utd, Igor to Brighton, and Jovic to Milan. Nevertheless, the arrival of Nzola, Beltran, Parisi, Christiansen, Mina, Maxime Lopez, and Arthur has partially compensated for these departures. Unfortunately, it appears that Fiorentina has missed an opportunity to achieve the desired improvement in quality. Nonetheless, it is essential to acknowledge the efforts of Italiano, who has demonstrated his ability to elevate the performance of all his players.

Frosinone: 7

There are many Ciociari operations. A transfer market session in the name of cooperation with Juventus, from which Kajo Jorge, Soulè, and Barrenechea are drawn and new unknowns such as Cheddira, Lirola, and Reinier. Excellent market for the newly promoted team, with a view to salvation.

Genoa: 8.5

The names Retegui, Malinovskyi, De Winter, Thorsby, and Messias create a market that is almost perfect in terms of talent. These great players are fitting for a significant square such as Genoa, and their presence has fans dreaming about more than mere survival. The potential of this squad allows for higher goals to be set.

Hellas Verona: 5.5

The team has remained largely the same compared to the previous season. Something more could and should have been done with respect to the purchases of Saponara and Bonazzoli, especially for a team that was on the brink of relegation until the very end of the season.

Inter: 9

Following their tantalizing brush with the Champions League trophy, Inter needed to make shrewd acquisitions and sales in the market. The free transfers of Dzeko, Skriniar, and Lukaku were the first moves in this regard. The outgoing market was marked by the sales of Brozovic to Al-Nassr for 18 million, Onana to United for 52.50 million, and Pinamonti to Sassuolo for 20 million. Inter seized the opportunity to rejuvenate itself, with significant transactions involving the likes of Frattesi, Thuram, Sommer, and Pavard. The Nerazzurri's backbone of Dimarco-Barella-Lautaro remained intact. Under Inzaghi's leadership, the team has the necessary components to relive another remarkable season and, who knows, even surpass their prior achievements.

Juventus: 6.5

Cristiano Giuntoli, in his first experience as Juventus DS, has prioritized the "green line" of reappointments and the transfer of redundancies. Given the absence of European cups in the upcoming season, it is difficult to execute major transfers for a club like Juventus. Instead, the company has taken the opportunity to revitalize itself with a focus on young talent.  High-profile players such as Cuadrado, Bonucci, Zakaria, Kulusevski, and Arthur have been replaced with emerging talents like Weah, Cambiaso, and NextGen prospects. Despite this, the retention of Bremer, Chiesa, and Vlahovic is a significant transfer victory. However, the midfield remains a potential weakness. The decision to sell Rovella and retain Pogba raises the question of whether this is the right move for Juventus.

Lazio: 7.5

Following the departure of Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio suffered a critical loss. In response, Sarri urges the club to act and make wise choices in the market. The club has since acquired Rovella, Pellegrini, Kamada, Isaksen, and Guendouzi, all of whom have displayed exceptional qualities in their debut in Serie A, particularly against Napoli. The addition of Castellanos as vice-Immobile has also proven to be a positive move.

Lecce: 6.5

The sale of the Salento club has been remarkable. The transfer of Hjulmand to Sporting Lisbon, for a sum totaling 18 million plus an additional 3 million in bonuses, marks a momentous occasion for the Giallorossi club, as it represents the largest transfer in their history. Furthermore, there are numerous exciting prospects on the horizon, including Imqvist, Rafia, Kaba, Krstovic, Piccoli, Venuti, Oudin, and Ramadani, all of whom are expected to bring something special to the table.

AC Milan: 9

After the sensational and controversial sale of Tonali to Newcastle for 80 million, the Rossoneri company dispels any doubts with a perfect transfer market.  There are a lot of names pouring in.  Profiles that complement each other excellently and form one of the most intriguing squads in Serie A and Europe: Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders, and Musah in midfield, and Chukwueze, Pulisic, Okafor, and Jovic in attack.  Sportiello makes an excellent substitution in goal for Maignan. Only the pitch will demonstrate that this brave and ambitious firm is correct.

Monza: 6

The realm of transfer markets is renowned for the Galliani expertise. The maneuver that resulted in Colombo wearing the red and white jersey was successful. The acquisition of D'Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Kyriakoupoulos, and Akpa-Akpro not only brings a wealth of experience but also elevates the quality of the team.

Napoli: 6

The defending champions from Italy could and should have done more. The acquisition of Natan is insufficient to fill the void left in defense by Kim. Lindstrom's addition, on the other hand, improves the quality after Lozano's departure.  A market with few names, where sufficiency can only be achieved by keeping Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia.

AS Roma: 8

Tiago Pinto does an excellent job seizing the finest market prospects while having minimal resources.  Physical conditioning aside, Aouar, Renato Sanches, and Paredes are good targets for the Giallorossi midfield.  The last-minute Lukaku coup caps off a superb market filled with bets and wise decisions.

Salernitana: 5.5

There are only a few operations.  In actuality, the team is the same as it was last season.  Dia's reconfirmation is the one bright spot, but it may not be enough to save them.  In a year when competition is fierce, Salernitana passes up an opportunity to enhance themselves.

Sassuolo: 5

A market that is too closely linked to the Berardi affair: the attacker, whether or unwillingly, remains in the neroverde.  Racic and Boloca have taken over the sales of Frattesi and Maxime Lopez.  There is far too little.  Many new arrivals for the defensive department, but not nearly enough.

Torino: 7

The Torino market began with the transfer of Singo, one of the stars of last season's squad, to Monaco for 10 million euros and the failure to acquire Miranchuk.  The forthcoming operations exhibit a well-thought-out team structure: in Vlasic, Soppy, and Bellanova.  Zapata was a great buy without having to sell Buongiorno.

Udinese: 4.5

It is the worst market among the Italians in Serie A. Beto sold for 25 million to Everton, Becao, 8 million to Fenerbahce, Udogie lost, and returned to Tottenham, while Pereyra remained a free agent.  Last season's strong players were not worthy of replacement.  There are a lot of names coming in, but there isn't much quality.  The sole bright spot is Samardzic's continued participation, although his existence is the result of a remarkable U-turn.

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