So far in Italy’s top tier, Juventus have done the best business, bringing in Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax as well as completing the free transfer arrivals of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Gianluigi Buffon. But what do the other clubs in Serie A have up their sleeves? Today’s transfer roundup includes AC Milan’s imminent signing of Rafael Leao, Napoli’s pursuit of Hirving Lozano and Fiorentina’s Kevin-Prince Boateng chase.
Report: According to Sky Italia, AC Milan are close to the signing of Rafael Leao from Lille. It is understood that the two clubs have agreed a preliminary fee of €40m (£36.6m) for the 19-year-old, who is being brought in to replace Wolves-bound Patrick Cutrone.
Verdict: Leao had an impressive breakout season at Lille last year, scoring eight goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances as they qualified for the Champions League. Of all the players in Europe’s top five leagues born since January 1st 1999, only Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz managed to score at least as many in the past campaign. With Krzysztof Piatek expected to start for the Rossoneri next term, a back-up option is needed considering that Andre Silva (L’Equipe via Football Italia) along with Cutrone could leave the San Siro. With the Brazilian still in his teens, Leao will likely not be too disappointed to play as Piatek’s understudy for the time being as he continues his development.
How likely is the deal? 9/10
Report: As shared by Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli are to return to PSV in their attempts to sign Mexico international Hirving Lozano. The deal is apparently back on track and is set to be worth around €40m (£36.6m).
Verdict: The failure to sign Nicolas Pepe is a big blow to Napoli. The Ivory Coast international’s representatives had met with the club as a deal looked close, but it is Arsenal who appear to have clinched the 24-year-old. However, signing Lozano as an alternative would by no means be a consolation. Since signing for PSV in 2017, the former Pachuca winger has made the Eredivisie his playground scoring 34 goals in 49 games from the flanks for the club. He is also young, aged just 24 (it was his birthday this Tuesday) and is therefore at the perfect age to make a step up in quality. Whilst primarily a left-winger, he is also adept on the other side of a front three, which makes him an even more valuable option. With Napoli clearly in the market for a new wide-man, Lozano ticks all the boxes, and one would think that PSV would be happy with the reported transfer fee.
How likely is the deal? 8/10
Report: It is understood by Gazetta Dello Sport that an agreement has been reached between Fiorentina and Kevin-Prince Boateng. It is expected that the former Ghana international will sign a two-year deal with the club, with an option of an extra 12 months.
Verdict: Boateng is the modern-day embodiment of a journeyman. During his 14-year career so far, he has pulled on the shirt of no less than 10 different clubs, with Fiorentina therefore expected to be his 11th. That doesn’t mean that he has not done well at some of those. He helped Portsmouth reach the F.A Cup final in 2010, won Serie A with AC Milan in 2011 and was a part of the Eintracht Frankfurt squad that won the DFB Pokal in 2018. At 32 years old, he should at least have a couple of years left in him before retirement, and with a reported fee of €3m (£2.7m) wanted by Sassuolo, he will not break La Viola’s bank. Fiorentina are currently light in the middle of the park, so Boateng represents a cheap option who brings with him plenty of experience at the highest level. It is really a no-brainer… just don’t expect him to be there too long.
How likely is the deal? 8.5/10