Serie A has been largely dominated by Juventus in the last decade, but a strong showing by Inter Milan last year has stopped Juventus for winning the title 10 years in a row. After an exciting season, the summer was equally exciting, with many teams trying to join the battle for a wide-open title race. Here are the three best signings by Italian clubs this summer:
Denzel Dumfries, PSV to Inter Milan, $14.75 million
Even though Inter lost their best player in Romelu Lukaku, sporting director Giuseppe Marotta pulled out some incredible deals this summer to strengthen the squad, which was largely financed by the sale of Achraf Hakimi to PSG. Early in the window, Hakan Calhanoglu and Edin Dzeko were stripped by Serie A rivals AC Milan and Roma, respectfully, and they will be great additions on their own. However, a level above them is the deal for Dutch right-back Denzel Dumfries.
While Calhanoglu and Dzeko are proven players, it is true that Dumfries is still young and it is his first experience in a major European league, but the 25-year-old has been absolutely sensational for Holland during the EURO’s last summer. He sprinted on the right side, stopping attacks on one end and creating havoc on the other, becoming a headache for many of the opposition players. Of course, the Dutch EURO campaign ended abruptly, losing 2-0 to Czech Republic in the first round of the knockout tournament, but that does not minimize the show put on by Dumfries.
Also, with this signing, Inter will not feel the absence of Hakimi. Hakimi is more regarded, of course, and he is not easy to replace, but Dumfries can match both his pace and his attacking prowess, bombing the right flank of every Serie A and Champions League opposition. It will be vital, for Inter, to attack using both flanks and try to find Dzeko with crosses, and as an excellent crosser of the ball, Dumfries will be absolutely great for the Serie A giants.